Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Navy announces return of 2nd Fleet during change of command

Navy announces return of 2nd Fleet during change of command

Headquartered at Naval Air Station Mayport, the 4th Fleet is made up of 170 sailors and civilians and is responsible for U.S. Navy ships, aircraft and submarines operating in the Caribbean, and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans around Central and South America. The new command will oversee training and operations for asssigned units on the East Coast and in the North Atlantic.

Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, said the move comes as the security environment "continues to grow more challenging and complex".

Late past year, US allies said Russian Federation was patrolling the North Atlantic and may be looking to cut underwater Internet cables for espionage or sabotage purposes.

The command was merged into Fleet Forces Command in 2011, but the Navy has been talking about bringing it back since it appeared as a recommendation in the Strategic Readiness Review into last year's 7 th Fleet collisions. Russian Federation has also become more assertive in conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, resulting in escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow. Fleet Forces will keep its focus on training, manning and equipping the entirety of the Navy - a key mission in the wake of the two deadly destroyer collisions past year. The destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in coastal waters off Singapore in August, killing 10 USA sailors.

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It wasn't immediately clear how many people would be part of the Second Fleet command structure or what the rank of the person who will leads it will be.

A report called for about 60 recommended changes to address the problems.

The command will be established by July 1, according to USNI News, which broke the story after obtaining an internal US Navy memo announcing the plans. Those numbers will eventually increase to more than 250 personnel.

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