With the hardening of the economic situation and Turkey and China taking European enterprises on their territory, the leaders of countries of Europe found only one way to save the stronghold of the West - conquering the vast territories of Russia and establishing a new colonial empire. Relaxed way too much after the end of the colonial era, European military now needs to form a iron fist to subjugate the outer world once again. This time united.
So was formed the European Colonial Fleet - a united armada of EU members' navies, up to date the biggest and the most hi-tech navy in the world after the crisis in US. European colonial fleet today is the last line of defense of European oversees economic possessions and the last line against the nascent power of Turkey and Iran.
United Europe won't repeat Hitler's mistake in 1941 - the conquering the vast steppes of Russia won't be performed through Eastern Europe (which is now controlled by the hostile Federation of Intermarium). Along with keeping the Turkish and Iranian fleets away from Europe, the Colonial fleet will be the spearhead of attack if the political situation in Russia gets worse or if Russia dares to re-conquer its ex-Soviet republics like Georgia. For tasks of such difficulty ECF possesses the latest developments in naval technology - from humongous Type 45 stealth destroyers - the modern battleships to le Triomphant ballistic missile subs. What power in the world can resist this?
Meanwhile the Russian Navy prepares to relaunch its abandoned Soviet projects.