Adm. Chris Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF), will host a ceremony for the establishment of U.S. 2nd Fleet, in which Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis will assume command.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson will preside over the ceremony that will take place aboard aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Aug 24, at 10 a.m. onboard Naval Station Norfolk.
Lewis, a naval aviator and a 1985 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, has served in a variety of command positions afloat and ashore, most recently as commander, deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy (N3/N5), in Arlington, Virginia. The majority of Lewis’ operational command tours have been on the East Coast, most recently as commander, Carrier Strike Group 12 and deploying with USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) to the U.S 6th and 5th Fleet areas of operation.
On May 4, the U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. John Richardson, announced the establishment of U.S. 2nd Fleet during a change of command ceremony for USFF in Norfolk, amid heightened tensions between NATO and Russia.
Commander, 2nd Fleet (C2F), headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and the North Atlantic. Additionally, it will plan and conduct maritime, joint and combined operations and will train and recommend certification of combat ready naval forces for maritime employment and operations around the globe. C2F will report to USFF.
The Second Fleet was established following World War II for the purpose of supporting NATO. The Fleet was disestablished in 2011 and many of its personnel, assets and responsibilities were merged into USFF. It was done in view of the U.S. government’s perception that the potential military threat posed by Russia had diminished
Second Fleet’s historic area of responsibility included approximately 6,700,000 square miles (17,000,000 km2) of the Atlantic Ocean from the North Pole to the Caribbean and from the shores of the United States to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The Second Fleet’s West Coast counterpart was United States First Fleet.
Prior to the 2011 disestablishment, Second Fleet oversaw approximately 126 ships, 4500 aircraft, and 90,000 personnel home-ported at U.S. Navy installations along the East Coast.