NORFOLK — Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson announced the re-establishment of Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet (C2F) during a change of command ceremony in Norfolk on Friday.
The Navy chose to reestablish C2F in the face of more active Russian fleet and increasing military competition across the world, according to a memo signed by Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer.
“As previously briefed to you by the CNO, the re-establishment of SECOND Fleet was directed to better respond to the changing security environment,” reads the memo.
C2F will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and northern Atlantic Ocean.
Additionally, C2F will plan and conduct maritime, joint and combined operations to train, certify and provide maritime forces to respond to global contingencies., according to the U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs office.