USA revives its Second Fleet

06 May, 2018, 16:44 | Author: Myra Gill
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It is important to stress that The 2nd Fleet command now exists only on paper, but according to USNI News, a publication of the US Naval Institute, the command will open for business on July 1 with 11 officers and four enlisted personnel.

"That's why today, we're standing up Second Fleet to address these changes, particularly in the north Atlantic", added Richardson.

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".

NATO naval officials in late 2017 also reported Russian submarines probing underseas data cables in the north Atlantic.

Re-establishing the second fleet "ensures dedicated reinforcement of the region and demonstrates a capable and credible deterrence effect" against adversaries, the official said.

"This is a dynamic response to the dynamic security environment", Richardson said onboard the carrier George H.W. Bush.


"The return to great power competition and a resurgent Russian Federation demands that Nato refocus on the Atlantic to ensure dedicated reinforcement of the continent and demonstrate a capable and credible deterrence effect", Johnny Michael, a Pentagon spokesman, said.

The us Second fleet responsible for the Western part of the Atlantic ocean, was disbanded in the autumn of 2011 in connection with the restructuring of the U.S. Navy, as well as for financial reasons. The fleet was involved in both the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and the invasion of Grenada by the United States in 1983, proxy conflicts in the Cold War between the US and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Meanwhile the US DoD announced on 4 May that it had officially offered to host the proposed NATO Joint Force Command (JFC) for the Atlantic at its naval facilities in Norfolk, Virginia.

Countering Russia and China was a a priority, according to the strategy. It had previously assumed responsibility for the North Atlantic after the 2011 disestablishment.

The fleet also oversaw the blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, rescued Americans in Grenada during Operation Urgent Fury in October 1983 and trained and certified half the USA fleet for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

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