Navy Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, announced Friday the service branch hasÂ restored the U.S. 2nd Fleet in a move to help address National Defense Strategy objectives.
The NavyÂ said FridayÂ the reactivated fleet will manage naval ships, aircraft and landing forces assigned to the East Coast and northern Atlantic Ocean.
Second FleetÂ will also train and certify forces for international maritime contingency operations, as well as plan and implement joint and combined sea and ocean missions.
“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,” said Richardson.
The service branch deactivated the 2nd fleet seven years ago and transferred many of the group’s assets, personnel and responsibilities to theÂ U.S. Fleet Forces Command.