US Navy marks return of Cold War-era fleet

The US Navy destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Black Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, in this August 12, 2018 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 26 August 2018

US Navy marks return of Cold War-era fleet

  • The 2nd Fleet will be our spearhead... for the Atlantic, maintaining America’s maritime superiority that will lead to maintaining our security, our influence and our prosperity around the world

WASHINGTON: The US Navy on Friday marked the official resurrection of a disbanded, Cold War-era fleet that was scrapped in 2011 and is returning amid heightened tensions with Russia.
In May, the Navy announced it was bringing back the 2nd Fleet, which played a key role during the Cold War years with operations in the North Atlantic and supporting US naval forces in the Mediterranean.
The fleet, first stood up in 1950, was scrapped for cost-saving reasons during a time of reduced tensions with Moscow.
It played a key role during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when its ships set a blockade to stop Soviet ships reaching the island.
The fleet will be responsible for US naval forces along the US East Coast as well as the North Atlantic region.
“This is the United States’ and the US Navy’s dynamic response to a dynamic security environment,” Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, said at a ceremony aboard the USS George H.W. Bush.
“The 2nd Fleet will be our spearhead... for the Atlantic, maintaining America’s maritime superiority that will lead to maintaining our security, our influence and our prosperity around the world.”
The national defense strategy of President Donald Trump’s administration names China and Russia as America’s biggest threats and points to their increasing assertiveness and drive for new weapons such as hypersonic missiles and advanced torpedoes.
Russian planes and ships have in recent months made multiple incursions in the North Atlantic close to the airspace and territorial waters of US NATO allies, including Britain.
NATO naval officials late last year also reported Russian submarines probing underseas data cables in the North Atlantic.
Separately, the US military also marked the official activation of a new command to innovate and prepare to counter new types of weapons being developed by Russia and China.
The Army Futures Command is headquartered in Austin, Texas and will be headed by a four-star general, with a staff of about 500 civilian and military personnel.


Greece: Migrant child killed in boat collision

Updated 23 October 2019

Greece: Migrant child killed in boat collision

  • The crash occurred before sunrise Wednesday in the heavily patrolled waters of the east Aegean Sea
THESSALONIKI, Greece: Greek authorities say a coast guard patrol boat collided with a dinghy carrying migrants to the island of Kos from Turkey on Wednesday, leaving a child dead and another person missing.

Officials on Kos say that 31 people have been rescued following the collision, in an effort assisted by private boats and the European Union border protection agency Frontex. The circumstances of the collision aren't immediately clear.

The crash occurred before sunrise Wednesday in the heavily patrolled waters of the east Aegean Sea.