“The fleet was originally established in the earliest days of the Cold War and was primarily tasked with supporting NATO in its standoff with the Soviet Union. It participated in some of that geopolitical conflict’s most defining moments, including the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis when Second Fleet ships helped enforce the quarantine that prevented Soviet ships from reaching the island,” according to CNN.
The fleet was dissolved in 2011 to help cut down on costs as well as reduce tensions with Moscow. Recently, however, the US is beginning to grow concerned with Russia’s military activities and presence in the Atlantic Ocean.
“NATO and US officials have said that Russian Naval activity, including the use of submarines, is at its highest levels since the end of the Cold War. Officials are concerned that Russian submarines could pose a threat to US attempts to reinforce Europe by sea should a conflict take place between NATO and Russia,” according to CNN.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has also announced that Russia is in the process of developing an underwater nuclear drone.
“We’re not looking for a fight, but the best way to avoid a fight is to have the most powerful and deadly and competitive Navy possible while strengthening our combined Naval power in our alliances and expanding our maritime partnerships,” Admiral John Richardson said.
Check out the full story on CNN here.
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With the re-launch of the US Navy’s Cold War-era Second Fleet, many are speculating about the nature of the conflict between the US and Russia. Is this a sign of the start of a new Cold War?
Yes – Things are getting heated
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