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U.S. Navy secretary announces plan to assign 1st Fleet to Indo-Pacific

Yomiuri wrote that Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite told a Senate hearing on Wednesday that the U.S. Navy is planning to reconstitute the 1st Fleet to assign it to the Indo-Pacific in order to counter the Chinese navy’s expanding activities in the region and reduce the responsibilities currently held by the 7th Fleet. According to Braithwaite, the 1st Fleet will be primarily responsible for waters off Southeast Asia and west to the Indian Ocean as an expeditionary fleet. The paper quoted the secretary as saying: “This will reassure our partners and allies of our presence and commitment to this region while ensuring any potential adversary knows we are committed to global presence, to ensure rule of law and freedom of the seas.”

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