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US reaffirms Asia-Pacific naval focus

24 September 2018

The United States is continuing to make the Asia Pacific – expanded by the Pentagon to include the Indo-Asia Pacific – the naval priority, even as the US Navy (USN) resurrects forces to address growing Russian concerns across the Atlantic Ocean, said Admiral William Moran, vice chief of naval operations.

The United States named Russia – as well as China, North Korea, and Iran – as strategic competitors in a new National Defense Strategy released at the beginning of the year. Since then, the USN has re-established the Second Fleet to more directly combat Russian activity.

Such moves have caused some question and concern among allies and analysts that the USN could be moving away from the Asia-Pacific rebalance, or pivot, that marked the Obama administration.

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