US re-establishes naval fleet in Atlantic amid increased Russia threat

The Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise rests at the pier as it is gutted before being official decommissioned at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk

The Pentagon has announced it is re-establishing a naval fleet that will bolster the US and Nato presence in the Atlantic Ocean, amid rising tensions with Russia.

Outlines of the plan were approved at the February meeting of Nato defence ministers, as part of a broader effort to insure the security of the sea lanes and lines of communication between Europe and North America.

The decision reflects escalating worries across Europe and within Nato over Russia’s increased military presence and patrols in the Atlantic region. Under the new plan, the US will set up Nato’s new Atlantic Command headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia.

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in February that “we have seen a much more assertive Russia, we have seen a Russia which has over many years invested heavily in their military capabilities, modernised their military capabilities, which are exercising not only conventional forces but also nuclear forces.”

Nato | Member countries

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is a military alliance. Its central purpose is set out in Article V of the North Atlantic Treaty, which says that an “armed attack against one” Nato member “shall be considered an attack against them all”.

Year joined Countries
1949 founders Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, UK, USA
1950s Greece, Turkey, Germany
80s-90s Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland
00s Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Albania, Croatia

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