US Navy Resurrects Its Cold War-Era Atlantic Fleet To Counter Russia

In a stunning surprise, the United States Navy announced Friday that it would reactivate its Second Fleet to counter the increasing threat from Russia.

Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations, said the fleet, deactivated in 2011, could oversee roughly 6,700,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean from the North Pole to the Caribbean Sea and from the East Coast of the United States to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

“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,” said Admiral Richardson.

The re-establishment of the US Second Fleet is part “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,” said BBC.

The strategy makes countering Russia a top priority. Admiral Richardson added, “that’s why today, we’re standing up Second Fleet to address these changes, particularly in the north Atlantic.”

The Fleet was established following World War II for the sole purpose of supporting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Before the 2011 deactivation, the Second Fleet had approximately 126 ships, 4500 aircraft, and 90,000 personnel situated at major naval installations along the East Coast.

Adm Richardson also said that the Second Fleet would “exercise operational and administrative authority over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces.”

BBC said the revived fleet would be headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, where the United States Department of Defense (DoD) will build a staff of about 15 personnel for the intermediate timeframe, then increase to more than 200.

At the moment, it is a mystery who will command the Second Fleet, nevertheless, what military assets it will include.

According to, the reactivation of the Second Fleet could bring some relief to other fleets stretched around the globe.

“Bringing the Second Fleet back to life will free up Fleet Forces to focus on such bigger-picture issues as manning, training and equipping the entire fleet, which took on increased scrutiny in the wake of two deadly collisions involving U.S. warships in Asia. Davidson led the Navy’s comprehensive review of those incidents, which called for restructuring how the Navy operates.”

NATO has recently suggested that Russia expanded its naval patrols in the Baltic Sea, the North Atlantic and the Arctic regions, along with its submarine activity at levels not seen since the Cold War.

Back in 2011, the prospect of U.S.-Russia relations seemed healthy, after the Obama administration declared a reset in 2009. Now, it appears as the Trump administration has performed an about-face with a dramatic reversal to reactivate the Second Fleet amid Moscow’s continued support for President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. War is coming...


LetThemEatRand Mon, 05/07/2018 - 01:03 Permalink

I would say "at least I don't have to listen to the cackling witch in a Mao outfit," but the fucking hair and orange and oh fuck how did I ever think it was different.  I do have that his lead attorney is not a tranny.  Oh shit.

Fuck you Trump apologists.

philipat silverer Mon, 05/07/2018 - 09:42 Permalink

Russia is a BIG fucking threat to the US because it has already deployed hypersonic weapons which have rendered the US Navy obsolete. Russia could sink the entire US Navy fleet at the blink of an eye. Yes, the US could retaliate with a nuclear strike but, in that case, we are ALL dead. Does that make you happy?

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rtb61 Juggernaut x2 Mon, 05/07/2018 - 05:27 Permalink

Very hyperbolic but in essence true. The are bringing the fleet back because the NATO North Atlantic fleet is more imaginary than real and the EU seems to be content with a Mediterean Fleet sans the US because the US can not actually be trusted for anything and that would also include the UK, which no longer looks to be a part of a combined EU military and it's Mediterranean fleet and North Sea and Artic fleet, no interest in the North Atlantic.

So the US has to abandon the idea North Atlantic NATO (North American Territorial Occupation farce) fleet, that it controls, that the EU has to pay for, gone forever. Yeah the EU now wants to blame the US (and UK) for that refugee problem and they have largely valid reasons to do so. The US fucking over the EU to serve Israel, was not a good idea then and it is a far worse one now.

The easiest way for the US to kill NATO is to keep serving Israel interests ahead of the EU interests and it looks to be going full steam ahead, ahh, arrogance serving where plots and schemes fail. Wont be Russia that destroys NATO it will be Israel's corruption of US foreign policy and the arrogance behind in and in front of it and all around it.

They are all falling though, USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the secret big player all along, the United Kingdom (make no mistake behind the scenes skulking in the shadows whilst the world blamed Israel and Saudi Arabia, it was the United Kingdom that was actually the leading proponent of the Terror Wars and it was the only country to actually profit from them (well the corrupt elements behind those perversions of democracy and the creators of the kakistocracy or is that aristocracy, oh yeah, right at the core of the corruption all family members).

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Krugg LetThemEatRand Mon, 05/07/2018 - 08:58 Permalink

The harder we've poked the bear, the more of a threat they've become for some weird reason I can't quite figure out.  At this point with so much bad faith already between us, it can't be written off that even though the Russians have shown damn near miraculous restraint... I 100% doubt that even if we changed the obvious course right now and made real steps towards a thaw in our relations that they'd ever forget the blind aggression we've shown. May as well have our guard up for the near and distant future before our dollar becomes worthless and such a feat becomes impossible.

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Fireman Zero Point Mon, 05/07/2018 - 04:12 Permalink

For all the obsolete, rusty tubs that Orange Utang can muster with their drug-addled, gender-fluid Hershey sailors on the dark wide ocean, there are more than enough Chinese "containers" plying the seven seas (not to mention China's beautiful South China Sea) waiting to sink tRump's ill named "Armada" at the first provocation!

Yo ho ho and a bottle of...Quaaludes can never make USSA Grate Britain again

Onward to Davy Jones's Locker, me hearties. This jig be up!…

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Scipio Africanuz LetThemEatRand Mon, 05/07/2018 - 06:27 Permalink

The neocons are desperate, they'd rather destroy the USA than eat humble pie. Note to the overlords, IT'S OVER! The world woke up! Now, please oh "mitey" pharaohs, let the people go! We beg thee oh "masters of the universe", "creators of delusional reality", let the people go else, you know the drill..Something about plagues, and the likes, and some stuff about first borns...

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