The Navy’s newest fleet was created to confront Russia
The US Navy’s Second fleet -which was reinstated in 2018 to confront Russia- is fully operational and operating out of Norfolk, Virginia.
The Navy made the announcement on December 31 and noted that the fleet will oversee operations in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.
“This is a dynamic response to the dynamic security environment,” then-Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said in May 2018. “So as we’ve seen this great power competition emerge, the Atlantic Ocean is as dynamic a theater as any and particular[ly] the North Atlantic; so as we consider high-end naval warfare, fighting in the Atlantic, that will be the 2nd Fleet’s responsibility.”
Not long after being stood up, 2nd Fleet was in charge of running the 2020 Baltic Exercise on behalf of Naval Forces Europe.
According to Defense News, the Second Fleet is crucial to maintain.
“Within an increasingly complex global security environment, our allies and competitors alike are well aware that many of the world’s most active shipping lanes lie within the North Atlantic,” Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis said. “Combined with the opening of waterways in the Arctic, this competitive space will only grow, and 2nd Fleet’s devotion to the development and employment of capable forces will ensure that our nation is both present and ready to fight in the region if and when called upon.”
The Navy cited Russia as the primary concern for the Second Fleet, and the massive armada will lead the final phase of training from the East Coast, ensuring high-end exercises and operations go smoothly.
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