The Australian Government is hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Forum (APEC 2007) during the period December 2006 to September 2007. Defence, as part of the overall Australian Government contribution, will work alongside the Police to assist with the provision of security for the conduct of the 2007 round of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings.
The primary focus for Defence support is the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting to be held in Sydney in September 2007. Defence will work alongside the New South Wales Police to provide security assistance for this meeting. This support is known as Operation Deluge.
Strategic planning for the operation began in 2006, and in February 2007 a Forward Command Element (FCE) was established at Potts Point, in Sydney, to continue detailed planning. This team will become the nucleus of the headquarters for Operation Deluge.
Operation Deluge will include more than 1500 Australian Defence Force personnel from across the three services, performing a range of specialist roles. A Task Group from 2nd Division, consisting of General Reserve members, will provide security support such as vehicle and venue search, as required. The majority of these members are from New South Wales.
The Department of Defence, through Operation Deluge, will assist in ensuring a safe, secure and successful staging of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Sydney.
Operation Deluge is commanded by Brigadier Andrew 'Boomer' Smith, who also commanded Operation Acolyte, Defence's support to the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
Information is current as at 9 May 2007.