Serving Australia and spending Anzac Day at sea is not something HMAS Adelaide Scientific Officer Lieutenant Intae Park envisaged growing up in Seoul, South Korea.
However, despite being a latecomer to the Anzac tradition, Lieutenant Park knows the importance of commemorating those that fought for our freedom and made the ultimate sacrifice.
This Anzac Day he said he will be remembering a quote from Winston Churchill: “A nation that forgets its past has no future.”
“Anzac Day must be remembered and commemorated not only for us, but also for our next generation,” Lieutenant Park said.
“We need to remember the hardships and the constant commitment taken to maintain our peace, which is primary to the national prosperity so that it can be delivered across the generations.”
Lieutenant Park arrived in Brisbane, Australia in 2010 as a 24-year-old and graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2014.
He joined the Australian Army in 2017, initially posting to the 2nd General Health Battalion at Gallipoli Barracks in Enoggera, Queensland.
More recently he has joined the Maritime Operational Health Unit (MOHU) at HMAS Penguin as a Scientific Officer. He is currently deployed on Adelaide as part of the MOHU team.
“My main role is providing pathology services in support of diagnosing, monitoring and preventing disease. The services include haematological, biochemical, microbiological and blood transfusion testing,” he said.
The MOHU team also includes deployable medical officers, nursing officers, medics, medical scientists and radiographers.
It is also not the Army Officer’s first time at sea. As part of Penguin’s MOHU team, he has previously deployed for INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR (IPE) 2018; Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018; Operation APEC ASSIST 2018; and Operation RENDER SAFE 2019.
As for his decision to join the Australian Defence Force, he said it was an ideal way to show his allegiance to his new country.
“In Korea, there’s a belief that the ultimate way of dedicating oneself to a country is by serving in the military, and it means a lot more than just being born in the country.
“I also wanted to gain career experience as a scientist, so overall Defence is not a bad deal, either personally or nationally,” Lieutenant Park said.