(Great Power War) As a “cost-cutting measure” during the Obama administration, the U.S. Navy decommissioned the Second Fleet, merging its activities and personnel into the new Fleet and Joint Operations organization of Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces.

Seven years later, during the Trump administration, the U.S. Navy reactivated the Second Fleet.

Naval Today reported:

As informed, Second Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and northern 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,” then-Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said at the time.

“That’s why today, we’re standing up Second Fleet to address these changes, particularly in the north Atlantic,” he added.

The ‘changes’ he was talking about are increased threats from Russia.

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