US Navy Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, announced the establishment of US 2nd Fleet last week.
It is understood that the Second Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and northern Atlantic Ocean. Additionally, it will plan and conduct maritime, joint and combined operations and will train, certify and provide maritime forces to respond to global contingencies.
“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 Richardson.
“That’s why today, we’re standing up Second Fleet to address these changes, particularly in the north Atlantic.”
According to the US Navy, the Second Fleet is scheduled to resume operations officially on the 1st of July 2018, initially with a staff of 15 personnel (11 officers and four enlisted personnel), although plans call for its work force to expand to 256 (85 officers, 164 enlisted personnel, and seven civilians).