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    U.S. NAVY RE-ESTABLISHING ITS SECOND FLEET NORTH ATLANTIC

    The US Navy is re-establishing its second fleet, responsible for the North Atlantic, about seven years after it was dismantled as the Pentagon puts countering Russia at the heart of its military strategy.
    Reuters quoted Chief of U.S. Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson as saying on Friday “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.”
    “Second Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and northern Atlantic Ocean,” Richardson said.
    A US Navy official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a number of decisions, who would lead the second fleet and what resources would be included, had not yet been taken and it is not clear when the fleet would start operating.
    In 2011, the fleet was disbanded for cost-saving and organizational structure reasons.
    Earlier this year, the U.S. military said in a new national defense strategy that countering Russia, along with China, would be a priority, the latest sign of shifting priorities after more than 15 years of focusing on the fight to occupy Arab and Muslim countries and plunder their wealth.

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