Reported by Al Arabiya Saturday (08/25/2018), the activation of the Second Fleet occurred after US relations with Russia and China experienced escalation.
Formed in February 1950, the fleet with 126 warships and submarines, served in the East Coast and North Atlantic Oceans.
The fleet with a total of 90,000 personnel played an important key during the Cold War. Among other things during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. At that time, the ships of the Second Fleet were blockading to prevent Soviet Union warships from sending ballistic missiles to Cuba.
The fleet was disbanded on September 30, 2011 in order to save state expenses, and at that time the tension with Russia was reduced. The Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, said the fleet re-formation was needed to respond to such a dynamic situation.
“This Second Fleet will be our spearhead in maintaining US maritime superiority,” Richardson said at the opening ceremony.
“With this fleet, the US can maintain security, influence, and share prosperity throughout the world,” explained the admiral from Virginia.
Deputy Admiral Andrew Lewis will be the commander of the fleet consisting of the Aircraft Attack Group (CSG) and the Amphibious Alert Group (ARG). Admiral Christopher Grady explained, the “Uncle Sam” State Navy did not want to seek confrontation with other countries.
“However, the way to avoid confrontation is to form the strongest, deadliest, and most competitive fleet,” he explained.
The national defense strategy policy initiated by President Donald Trump’s administration places Russia and China as the biggest US threats. Both countries are considered to have carried out aggressive actions by developing various weapons ranging from ballistic missiles to sophisticated torpedoes.
In addition, Russian aircraft and warships reportedly repeatedly entered the North Atlantic close to members of the North Atlantic Defense Organization (NATO).