U.S. re-establishing 2nd fleet to counter Russian Federation in Atlantic

Howard TerryMay 06, 2018

Admiral John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, explained the decision as part of recent usa strategic shifts, saying that "we're back in an era of great power competition".

The Pentagon's decision reflects growing worries across Europe and within NATO about Russia's increased military presence and patrols in the Atlantic region.

The naval forces of the United States of America regained the Second fleet, nearly seven years after its disbandment at the time, as a Pentagon in the center of its military strategy puts the opposition of Russian Federation.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson made the announcement on Friday, during a change of command ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia.

"Second Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the east coast and northern Atlantic Ocean", Adm John Richardson, the chief of U.S. naval operations, said on Friday. The command had been responsible for the North Atlantic Ocean before it was deactivated in 2011.

At the same time, the U.S. Navy is re-establishing its 2nd Fleet command, which was eliminated in 2011 in a move to save costs. In June 2017, Moscow announced it would keep a 15-ship task force in the Eastern Mediterranean, operating out of Syria.

Russian submarine activity is at its highest levels since the Cold War, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and USA officials.

The command will eventually grow to 256 personnel - 285 officers, 164 enlisted and seven civilians - USNI reported, citing a memo signed earlier in the week by Navy Secretary Richard Spencer.

In the new national defense strategy released earlier this year, the USA said that countering Russian Federation and China would be a top priority, a shift of US foreign policy that previously prioritized fighting Islamist militants.

One concern 2nd Fleet will immediately address: the threat from a now-modest number of Russian nuclear attack submarines capable of cruising in the depths off the East Coast, McGrath told The Washington Post.

Countering Russia and China was a a priority, according to the strategy.

"Our military is still strong, yet our competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare", he added.

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