U.S. strengthens military presence in Atlantic in response to Russian aggression

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

It was merged with the navy's Fleet Forces Command.

John Richardson, announced the establishment of U.S. 2nd Fleet during a change of command ceremony for U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) in Norfolk, May 4.

The U.S. Navy's Second Fleet will be sent to the North Atlantic Ocean again, as the Pentagon plots ways to combat Russia's revanchist tendencies.

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

The Pentagon announced that the USA is rebuilding the Second Fleet, nearly seven years after it was disbanded for reasons of economy and organizational structure.

Such a plan was approved by the NATO defense ministers at the February meeting as part of a larger effort to ensure the safety of ocean transport routes and communication lines between Europe and North America.

Admiral John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, explained the decision as part of recent usa strategic shifts, saying that "we're back in an era of great power competition".

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Russian planes and ships have in recent months made multiple incursions in the north Atlantic close to the airspace and territorial waters of US NATO allies, including Britain.

In the new national defense strategy released earlier this year, the US said that countering Russian Federation and China would be a top priority, a shift of USA foreign policy that previously prioritized fighting Islamist militants.

Davidson is going on to lead U.S. Pacific Command. Officials in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom claimed that Russia's activities in the North Atlantic were more prevalent than at any time since the Cold War.

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 U.S. National Defense Strategy for 2018 called attention to Moscow's forays into neighboring territories and stated that "Russia has violated the borders of nearby nations and pursues veto power over the economic, diplomatic, and security decisions of its neighbors".

"Our military is still strong, yet our competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare", he added.

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