Wittman Statement on Navy Reestablishing Second Fleet
WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), chairman of the House Armed Services’ subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, released this statement following the Navy’s announcement to stand up the U.S. 2nd Fleet:
“Today the Navy made a major step towards abiding by the recommendations set forth in the independent Strategic Readiness Review submitted to the Secretary of the Navy in December 2017. Reestablishing the Commander of the U.S. 2nd Fleet as the operational and training fleet commander, under Fleet Forces Command and symmetric to U.S. 3rd Fleet, will allow us to better respond to our changing security environment and make it so training and certification responsibilities are met. By reducing the overlap in administrative and operational responsibilities, these significant structural reforms need to occur to ensure seamanship skills are provided and advanced warfighting expertise is attained. I believe this is a step in the right direction, and I applaud the Navy for making the necessary adjustments to protect ours sailors at sea.”
The Navy’s release today states that once stand up is totally funded and complete, it will bring 256 jobs to Norfolk, Virginia.
Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.