The United States Second Fleet achieved full operational capability on December the 31st, 2019.
In May 2018, the US Navy Chief of Naval Operations announced plans to reestablish the Second Fleet amid heightened tensions between NATO and Russia.
Since its re-establishment in August 2018, Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis, the commander of the Second Fleet, has led the resurgence of the US Navy’s newest numbered Fleet, amid a return to “great power competition as outlined in the National Defense Strategy”, say the US Navy.
“Within an increasingly complex global security environment, our allies and competitors alike are well aware that many of the world’s most active shipping lanes lie within the North Atlantic,” Lewis said.
“Combined with the opening of waterways in the Arctic, this competitive space will only grow, and 2nd Fleet’s devotion to the development and employment of capable forces will ensure that our nation is both present and ready to fight in the region if and when called upon.”
The achievement of FOC signifies 2nd Fleet has reached sufficient capacity to sustain command and control over assigned forces using the operational functions and processes of the Maritime Operations Center and Maritime Headquarters, in accordance with US Navy Doctrine.
The Second Fleet will primarily focus on forward operations and the employment of combat ready naval forces in the Atlantic and Arctic, and to a smaller extent, on force generation and the final training and certification of forces preparing for operations around the globe, say the US Navy.