The new command will oversee training and operations for asssigned units on the East Coast and in the North Atlantic.
Headquartered at Naval Air Station Mayport, the 4th Fleet is made up of 170 sailors and civilians and is responsible for U.S. Navy ships, aircraft and submarines operating in the Caribbean, and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans around Central and South America.
"Our national security strategy makes clear that we have entered the era competition of global powers", the Admiral said. In January 2017, British First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones said that "in northern Europe and the Baltic, we are responding to the highest level of Russian naval activity since the end of the Cold War".
The US Navy has said it will re-establish its Second Fleet, as Russian Federation becomes more assertive.
The new 2nd Fleet will be based in Norfolk, along with Fleet Forces Command and the proposed NATO Joint Forces Command for the Atlantic. It was merged with the navy's Fleet Forces Command.
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"It is in large part due to the analysis of Adm. Davidson and his team, in response to a changing security environment, that this summer we will stand up the USA 2nd Fleet here in Norfolk to train, certify and command USA naval forces at the very highest levels of naval warfare to the emerging global contingencies in the Atlantic", Richardson said.
Restarting the command was recommended in the Navy study done following the two deadly ship collisions previous year that killed a total of 17 sailors.
The revived command will be stood up on July 1, and will initially have eleven officers and four enlisted personnel.
The once disestablished 2nd Fleet of the U.S. Navy will be making a return.