UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – According to an official announcement by the Pentagon and as tensions intensify with Moscow, the United States will reactivate its second fleet and establish a new naval command in Norfolk, Virginia, as a sign of strengthening the presence of the US and the United States. In the Atlantic Ocean, reports The Guardian.
“The return to competition of the major powers and the resurgence of Russia require that NATO focus on the Atlantic to strengthen the continent and produce an effective and credible deterrent,” said Johnny Michael, spokesman for Pentagon, adding that the new command of NATO “will be the linchpin of transatlantic security.”
This decision illustrates growing concerns across Europe and within NATO about Russia’s increased military presence and patrols in the Atlantic region. Under the new plan, the United States will establish a new NATO infrastructure in Norfolk, Virginia.
The outline of the plan was endorsed at the February meeting of NATO Defense Ministers as part of a broader effort to ensure the safety of sea lanes and routes of communication between Europe and the United States. North America.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters: “We have seen a much more assertive Russia, we have seen a Russia that has invested many years in its military capabilities by modernizing them, military capabilities that do not include not only conventional weapons, but also nuclear weapons. ”
At the same time, the US Navy reinstated command of its second fleet, which was merged with the command of the fleet forces in 2011 to reduce costs. The command will oversee ships, aircraft and naval forces on the east coast of the United States and in the northern Atlantic Ocean. He will be responsible for training forces and implementing maritime operations in the region.
Its reactivation was ordered following the collision of two ships in 2017, which resulted in the death of 17 soldiers.
Admiral John Richardson, chief of the US Navy’s operations, said the measure to enhance security would increase and complicate the challenges.