USA strengthens military presence in Atlantic in response to Russian aggression
May 06 2018
The second fleet, which will be based at the naval base of Norfolk, Virginia and will begin operations on July 1, was disbanded in 2011.
The announcement from Richardson was immediately followed by an announcement from the Office of the Secretary of Defense that it has offered to host a new NATO Joint Force Command for the Atlantic at Naval Station Norfolk.
In 2011 the fleet was disbanded for cost-saving and organisational-structure reasons. The revived fleet will be headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, and will be responsible for Naval operations in the northern Atlantic and the eastern coast of the U.S. Details of its size and leadership structure have not been announced, but its primary objective is clear - to counter a growing threat from Russian Federation.
"Our national security strategy makes clear that we are back in the era of competition of world powers at the time, as the security environment continues to become more and more provocative and challenging", said the Admiral.
"That's why today, we're standing up Second Fleet to address these changes, particularly in the north Atlantic", added Richardson.
The naval forces of the United States to increase its presence in the Atlantic ocean and to restore the military command structure in response to the growing Russian military activity. In June 2017, Moscow announced it would keep a 15-ship task force in the Eastern Mediterranean, operating out of Syria.
Davidson's next assignment is commander U.S. Pacific Command.
Russian planes and ships have in recent months made multiple incursions in the north Atlantic close to the airspace and territorial waters of US NATO allies, including Britain.
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters following the meeting that "we have seen a much more assertive Russian Federation, we have seen a Russian Federation which has over many years invested heavily in their military capabilities, modernised their military capabilities, which are exercising not only conventional forces but also nuclear forces".