Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: US Navy resurrects 2nd Fleet

  1. #1
    Former Staff Senior Contributor Ironduke's Avatar
    Join Date
    02 Aug 03
    San Diego

    US Navy resurrects 2nd Fleet


    US Navy resurrects Second Fleet in Atlantic to counter Russia

    The US Navy has said it will re-establish its Second Fleet, as Russia becomes more assertive.

    Chief of Naval Operations Adm John Richardson said the fleet, disbanded in 2011, would oversee forces on the US East Coast and North Atlantic.

    He said the National Defense Strategy, published earlier this year, made it clear that the era of great power competition had returned.

    The strategy makes countering Russia and China a priority.

    The fleet, which was disbanded for cost-saving and structural reasons, will be based in its previous home - Norfolk, Virginia.

    "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," Adm Richardson said in an announcement on board the USS George H W Bush at Norfolk.

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

    By Jonathan Marcus, defence and diplomatic correspondent

    The re-establishment of the US Second Fleet is part of a wider strategy of re-orientating the US armed forces towards a world of renewed big power competition and away from the counter-insurgency campaigns they have been fighting over recent decades.

    In this case the focus is Russia - a response to its stepped up naval activity of recent years. The new headquarters will give more coherent command arrangements for US warships operating in the Atlantic.

    Nato is also planning to set up a new Joint Forces Command covering much the same region - the Americans have offered to host this in Norfolk, Virginia.

    The existing pattern of US naval operations is also due to change significantly. US Defence Secretary James Mattis insists that he wants less predictable deployments, of shorter duration. Experts say a carrier strike group is likely to be deployed more frequently in European waters.

    Adm Richardson added that the fleet would "exercise operational and administrative authority over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces".

    The headquarters staff would begin with just 15 personnel, increasing to more than 200.

    It has not yet been decided who will command the fleet and what assets it will include.

    Norfolk has also been proposed as a host for the new Nato Joint Force Command for the Atlantic.

    Nato officials say Russia has increased naval patrols in the Baltic Sea, the North Atlantic and the Arctic, and its submarine activity is at its highest level since the Cold War.

    Relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated in recent months amid allegations of Russian meddling in US elections, Moscow's support for President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal, for which the UK blames Russia.
    "Every man has his weakness. Mine was always just cigarettes."

  2. #2
    Global Moderator
    Comrade Commissar
    TopHatter's Avatar
    Join Date
    03 Sep 03
    Quote Originally Posted by Ironduke View Post
    Great! Now all we have to do is rename "Fleet Forces Command" back to United States Atlantic Fleet.

    Or at least at explain why they didn't change United States Pacific Fleet into something equally bland, uninspiring and uninformative.
    “You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic if the Senate determines that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role… because impeachment is not about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office. Impeachment is about restoring honor and integrity to the office.”
    ~ Lindsey Graham

    "The notion that you can withhold information and documents from Congress no matter whether you are the party in power or not in power is wrong. Respect for the rule of law must mean something, irrespective of the vicissitudes of political cycles."
    ~ Trey Gowdy

  3. #3
    Senior Contributor
    Join Date
    14 Mar 08
    We need to put some P8s in New England, pronto.

  4. #4
    Senior Contributor DonBelt's Avatar
    Join Date
    01 Oct 08
    Taxachusetts, somewhere between Boston and Wista
    Reopen New Brunswick, but consider Newport for the NATO fleet - or STANAVFORLANT as it used to be called. If we are back to acting as though we have a true blue water adversary then we should not be putting everything in Norfolk. Build up Newport, Mayport, and Charleston again. And consider smaller support and maint activities in other cities.
    Key West, maybe some gulf coast ports and for God's sake, rebuild and reopen Roosevelt Roads.

  5. #5
    Senior Contributor surfgun's Avatar
    Join Date
    06 Nov 09
    Thumbs up!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. US Navy Historical Fleet
    By SlaterDoc in forum Naval Warfare
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 28 Oct 12,, 00:24
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 23 Nov 10,, 20:03
  3. INDIAN NAVY vs PAKISTAN NAVY in a limited war scenario
    By raghavmundra200 in forum Naval Warfare
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16 Apr 10,, 17:00
  4. German Navy Future Expeditionary Navy
    By kato in forum Naval Warfare
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 30 Oct 09,, 13:23
  5. My Future Royal Navy Surface Fleet
    By Stan in forum Naval Warfare
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 26 May 09,, 21:51

Share this thread with friends:

Share this thread with friends:

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts