ATHENS, Greece – “The return of large-scale rivalry and resurgent Russia requires NATO to focus again on the Atlantic to ensure specific support and demonstrate a strong and credible deterrent effect,” said a Pentagon spokesman. NATO’s new command will be the axis of cross-Atlantic security, he added, according to Guardian.
This decision reflects the growing concern within Europe and NATO about Russia’s increased military presence and patrols in the Atlantic. Under the new plan, the US will establish the headquarters of NATO’s new administration in Norfolk, Virginia.
The outline of this plan was adopted at the NATO Defense Ministers’ meeting last February, as part of a wider effort on maritime safety and on the communication lines between Europe and North America. “We have seen a much more decisive Russia, a Russia that has for years invested heavily in its defense capabilities, modernizing them, not only with conventional but also with nuclear powers” NATO, Yves Stoltenberg.
At the same time, he pointed out that the new Atlantic administration would be critical, so that the Alliance could give an “answer”.
At the same time, the US Navy returns the Second Fleet, merged in 2011, to cut costs. It will oversee the forces – ships and aircrafts – on the east coast and the northern Atlantic and will be responsible for maritime operations in the region.
The resumption of the Second Fleet suggested a study that had been made after two US Navy shipwrecks, with over 17 dead, the previous year.
Translated from Crash Magazine Online.