US Navy Re-establishes Second Fleet amid Russia Tensions

US Navy's new command puts Russia in the crosshairs – media

Navy announces return of 2nd Fleet during change of command

United States officials have expressed concerns about Russia's increasing naval capability, particularly with regard to its submarine fleet, as well as the Russian's navy increased presence in the Atlantic.

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.

"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. "Atlantic is the same rapidly changing theater of war, like any other, especially the North Atlantic", - said the commander of naval operations, Admiral John Richardson.

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Their ramp-up goal is to eventually grow to 256 personnel - 85 officers, 164 enlisted and seven civilians to be based at their Norfolk command center.

The aim is to bolster the USA and NATO presence in the Atlantic Ocean.

"2nd Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and northern Atlantic Ocean", Richardson said.

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The Pentagon has re-activated its 2nd Fleet, which was disbanded in 2011.

Since then, however, tensions between Moscow and Washington increased, Russian Federation has become more catchy, particularly in the background of the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

The Trump administration's new national defense strategy prioritized countering Russian Federation and China and a US Navy official told CNN that, "the return to great power competition demands that we focus on the Atlantic". Part of those responsibilities is to support NATO, which is concerned about Russia's growing naval presence in the Baltic Sea, Arctic Ocean, and Northern Atlantic Ocean. Countering Russia and China was a a priority, according to the strategy.

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Adm. Phil Davidson is leaving Fleet Forces to take over U.S. Pacific Command.

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