1st Fleet reactivation still on table

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The former Navy secretary’s call to reactivate a numbered fleet in the Pacific to counter China’s growing maritime power is still under consideration, a top military leader said this week.

Adm. John Aquilino, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, is studying the pros and cons of bringing back U.S. First Fleet, Adm. Phil Davidson, the head of Indo-Pacific Command, said. The possible resurrection of the fleet, which was last active in the 1970s, was announced in November by then-Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite.

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