4th Fleet to return?

U.S. Navy Considers Bringing Back Dormant 4th Fleet

The U.S. 4th Fleet, which hunted submarines in the South Atlantic during World War II until it was dissolved almost six decades ago, is on its way back.

The new 4th Fleet would cover a similar area, with plans to operate from Naval Station, Mayport, Fla., and oversee operations in Central and South America. The commander of Naval Forces Southern Command also would be the head of 4th Fleet, Navy officials said.

The fleet would not own any ships. Instead, it would operate in the same way Navy forces do in the Persian Gulf region. In U.S. Central Command, one admiral serves as head of both Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet. Therefore, the dual-hatted admiral in charge of 4th Fleet and NavSouth would be under the commander of Southern Command.

The 4th Fleet previously was active from 1943 until 1950.

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Just what we need. More staff to supervise fewer ships.