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The official crest for the re-establishment of Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet.
The official crest for the re-establishment of Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet. (U.S. Navy graphic illustration)
The official crest for the re-establishment of Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet.
The official crest for the re-establishment of Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet. (U.S. Navy graphic illustration)
Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Adm. Chris Grady departs through the sideboys following the 2nd Fleet Establishment Ceremony aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. U.S. 2nd Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and North Atlantic.
Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Adm. Chris Grady departs through the sideboys following the 2nd Fleet Establishment Ceremony aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. U.S. 2nd Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and North Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo)
Adm. Chris Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, left, returns Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis' salute as Lewis assumes command of U.S. 2nd Fleet aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. U.S. 2nd Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and North Atlantic.
Adm. Chris Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, left, returns Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis' salute as Lewis assumes command of U.S. 2nd Fleet aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. U.S. 2nd Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and North Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo)
Adm. Chris Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, salutes the sideboys as he arrives to the U.S. 2nd Fleet establishment ceremony aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. U.S. 2nd Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and North Atlantic.
Adm. Chris Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, salutes the sideboys as he arrives to the U.S. 2nd Fleet establishment ceremony aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. U.S. 2nd Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and North Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo)
Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis, center, address guests aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush as he assumes command of U.S. 2nd Fleet. U.S. 2nd Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and North Atlantic.
Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis, center, address guests aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush as he assumes command of U.S. 2nd Fleet. U.S. 2nd Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and North Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo)
Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Adm. Chris Grady addresses guest during the 2nd Fleet Establishment Ceremony aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. U.S. 2nd Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and North Atlantic.
Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Adm. Chris Grady addresses guest during the 2nd Fleet Establishment Ceremony aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. U.S. 2nd Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and North Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo)
Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis talks with Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Adm. Chris Grady, following the 2nd Fleet Establishment Ceremony aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush at Naval Station Norfolk on Aug. 24, 2018 in Virginia.
Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis talks with Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Adm. Chris Grady, following the 2nd Fleet Establishment Ceremony aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush at Naval Station Norfolk on Aug. 24, 2018 in Virginia. (Gary Prill/U.S. Navy)
The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush transits the Atlantic Ocean on Aug. 3, 2018. A ceremony re-establishing the U.S. 2nd Fleet, in which Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis will assume command, was scheduled to take place aboard the Bush at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Aug. 24, 2018.
The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush transits the Atlantic Ocean on Aug. 3, 2018. A ceremony re-establishing the U.S. 2nd Fleet, in which Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis will assume command, was scheduled to take place aboard the Bush at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Aug. 24, 2018. ()

The U.S. 2nd Fleet was reborn during a ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on Friday, as part of a move to monitor increased Russian activity in the north Atlantic Ocean.

Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis took command of 2nd Fleet, which will be a scaled-down version of the original fleet that was decommissioned in 2011 and absorbed into Fleet Forces Command to cut costs.

Navy officials announced plans in May to revive the fleet and create a joint force command in Norfolk, Va., to respond to Russia’s increasing movements in the Atlantic Ocean.

Restoring 2nd Fleet is part of the new national defense strategy, which puts more focus on near-peer adversaries and less on terrorism.

“Our sea control, our power projection — two vital elements of our national security — are being challenged by resurgent powers, namely Russia and China,” Adm. Christopher Grady, Fleet Forces commander, said at the ceremony. “We as a Navy — as a nation — have not had to confront such peer competitors since the Cold War ended nearly three decades ago.”

The fleet will operate on the East Coast and as far north as Greenland.

The 2nd Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authority over ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and in the northern Atlantic. Some details have yet to be worked out, such as how far east the fleet’s ships will patrol and how much of the ocean will remain in 6th Fleet’s area of operations.

How many personnel and ships the fleet will have also remains unclear.

By the time 2nd Fleet was deactivated, it was mostly aiding humanitarian efforts and assisting with counternarcotics missions with 4th Fleet.

Then Russia became more active in the north Atlantic, especially with submarines, creating greater competition that required a response, Adm. James Foggo, commander of Naval Forces Europe and Africa, told Stars and Stripes earlier this year.

Lewis, who will head the fleet, has held leadership posts while deployed and at the Pentagon.

His command tours include Carrier Strike Group 12 and several fighter squadrons. He has flown in more than 100 combat missions, including in Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

He was battle director at the air operations center in Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, and director of the maritime operations center at Naval Forces Central Command.

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