PressTV-US revives naval force to confront Russia in Atlantic

The United States Navy is planning to resurrect its disbanded Second Fleet in order to counter what American officials deem as a growing threat from Russia and other international players in the Atlantic region.

Admiral John Richardson, the Chief of Naval Operations, made the announcement during a change of command ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia, which is home to the US Navy’s Fleet Forces command.

Once reconstituted, the fleet will have “operational and administrative authorities” over assigned ships, naval aircraft and landing forces operating from the East Coast and North Atlantic Ocean, the commander said.

“Our National Defense Strategy makes clear that we’re back in an era of great power competition as the security environment continues to grow more challenging and complex,” Richardson said, referring to a President Donald Trump’s new national security strategy that identifies Russia and China as the greatest geopolitical…

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