As part of Australia’s ongoing commitment to the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) and counter-proliferation efforts in the region, Australia hosted Exercise Pacific Protector 2017 (PP17) in Cairns during 6–9 September 2017. This was Australia’s fourth PSI exercise and the fourth in the Asia-Pacific Exercise Rotation (APER) schedule since the schedule was formalised in 2013.
PP17 follows successful exercises hosted by the US (2014), New Zealand (2015) and Singapore (2016). Australia is looking forward to the APER exercises being hosted by Japan (2018) and the Republic of Korea (2019).
PP17 consisted of four components:
including both a demonstration and specialised training programs, with approximately 450 delegates from 21 countries attending.