US Navy to reestablish Second Fleet to counter Russia

Chief of U.S. Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said on Friday that in order to confront a security situation that is growing "more challenging and complex,” the Navy would reestablish the Second Fleet, which will "exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and northern Atlantic Ocean,” Richardson said. Reuters: The command, which will be based in Norfolk, Virginia, will initially have 15 personnel and will eventually grow to over 200 people, officials said. A number of decisions, like who would command Second Fleet and what assets it would include, have not yet been made. In 2011, the fleet was disbanded for cost-saving and organizational structure reasons. Since then, however, Russia has become more assertive, flexing its military muscles in conflicts like those in Ukraine and Syria, and tensions between Moscow and Washington have increased. Earlier...(Read Full Post)