Chief of US Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson on May 4, 2018 announced that US Navy would reactivate its Second Fleet that was dissolved in 2011. Almost a year has passed since the official announcement of the US Command and now it becomes clear that the revival of its Second Fleet was in fact one of the US steps aimed at strengthening its military positions in the Arctic. The White House has long attempted to extend its influence and to establish US domination in this region. And that is why we can see increased America’s activity in this direction in the past year.
Thus the next steps of the Pentagon to increase its combat capabilities in the Arctic became a doubling of American military contingent and the conduct of the largest NATO military exercises Trident Juncture 2018 in Norway. Despite of the harsh conditions (the US military struggled to cope with the cold northern terrain conditions and many times got frostbite) Washington continues to send its soldiers to Scandinavia and conduct military maneuvers there. In addition the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman participated in military exercises Trident Juncture and faced serious problems of functioning in Arctic waters and left the exercises ahead of schedule. All these actions clearly demonstrate US intention to invade the northern region. The White House thoroughly prepares for conducting military operations in the unusual for the US climate conditions.( Collapse )