A retired U.S. naval officer is praising the Trump administration for bringing back the storied 2nd Fleet that guarded the Atlantic during the Cold War.
The U.S. Navy has reactivated the 2nd Fleet, after it was deactivated in 2011, and it is returning with the same mission: protect the East Coast and Europe from Russia.
The announcement, made earlier this summer, shows that the Pentagon recognizes the emerging threat of Russia, including submarine activity and intelligence gathering off the East Coast, says retired Navy Commander Kirk Lippold.
"Really, it is a recognition of a growing, near-peer competitor once again reasserting themselves into the Atlantic basin," he tells OneNewsNow.
The 2nd Fleet is returning after the Obama administration decimated the Pentagon during two terms, slashing the budget partly due to sequestration.
Fact-checking website Politifact admitted in 2015 that the Obama administration cut national security spending by approximately five percent from 2010 to 2015, and admitted the U.S. Navy had the lowest number of ships that year since 1916.
OneNewsNow has reported that when Donald Trump took office in 2017, approximately two-thirds of navy fighters were grounded.
The Navy Times, reporting on the reactivation, says increased Russian activity in the North Atlantic convinced the chief of naval operations to revive the 2nd Fleet.
The same story said Vice Admiral Andrew "Woody" Lewis, a decorated combat aviator, is commanding the fleet.
Lippold tells OneNewsNow there was little operational activity in the Atlantic since 2011 and thus no recognition of Russia's threat and the need to project U.S. military power in the North Atlantic.