Ben Werner

About Ben Werner

Ben Werner is a staff writer for USNI News. He has worked as a freelance writer in Busan, South Korea, and as a staff writer covering education and publicly traded companies for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Ga., and Baltimore Business Journal. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from New York University.

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Coast Guard Reshaping Body Fat Measurement Standard in Pilot Study

Coast Guard Reshaping Body Fat Measurement Standard in Pilot Study

Petty Officer 1st Class Vince Bucaneg, a company commander for recruit company Golf-197, assists a recruit in meeting the Coast Guard physical fitness standards, March 15, 2019. Coast Guard photo.

The Coast Gaurd, in an effort to take the stress out of gauging the physical fitness of its members, started a year-long effort revamping the way it measures body fat composition with the goal of encouraging healthy lifestyles and improving its female retention rates.

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HII: Block V Virginia SSN Contract Balances Budget Realities With Operational Needs

HII: Block V Virginia SSN Contract Balances Budget Realities With Operational Needs

Rendering of Block V Virginia-class submarine with Virginia Payload Module. General Dynamics Electric Boat Image

Negotiations to build the Block V Virginia-class submarines will likely result in a contract for fewer subs than what Congress authorized, than the Navy wants and than industry can build, a shipbuilding executive told Wall Street analysts on Thursday. Read More

New Study Supports Using Shot to Treat PTSD

New Study Supports Using Shot to Treat PTSD

U.S. Marine Corps photo

Proponents of treating post-traumatic stress disorder with a shot to the neck instead of more traditional medication and intense therapy now have a peer-reviewed study to back up their claims of the method’s effectiveness. Read More

Block V Virginia-Class Deal Meets Muted Response in Congress

Block V Virginia-Class Deal Meets Muted Response in Congress

Rendering of Block V Virginia-class submarine with Virginia Payload Module. General Dynamics Electric Boat Image

The Navy and General Dynamics Electric Boat appear to have reached an agreement to build nine Block V Virginia-class submarines with an option for a tenth, but the pending deal is getting tepid applause from lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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Remains Of WWII Coast Guard POW Return Home After 77 Years

Remains Of WWII Coast Guard POW Return Home After 77 Years

Lt. James Crotty as an ensign aboard a Coast Guard cutter. Crotty served aboard several cutters and on both coasts of the U.S. including Alaska before departing for the South Pacific. Photo courtesy of the MacArthur Memorial Library, Norfolk, Virginia.

The remains of Lt. Thomas Crotty are scheduled to arrive in his hometown Buffalo, N.Y. on Friday, 77 years after dying in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. Read More

Wreck of Famed WWII Destroyer USS Johnston May Have Been Found

Wreck of Famed WWII Destroyer USS Johnston May Have Been Found

Wreckage of a Fletcher-class destroyer believed to be USS Johnston (DD-557). Photo released by R/V Petrel

The following post has been updated to correct the number of ships involved in the Battle of Samar.

A few days past the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Samar, researchers from Vulcan Inc.’s research vessel R/V Petrel believe they’ve found wreckage from the engagement’s famed Fletcher-class destroyer, USS Johnston (DD-557). Read More

Navy Rethinking Need For Dual-Phase Carrier Delivery

Navy Rethinking Need For Dual-Phase Carrier Delivery

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) reaches another milestone in its construction as their dry dock area is flooded three months ahead of its slated production schedule leading up to the christening of the second Ford-class aircraft carrier, scheduled for Dec. 7. Navy photo

THE PENTAGON – After years of delays, the Navy’s top weapons buyer is optimistic enough about the Ford-class aircraft carrier production that he’s now considering reworking when high-tech electronics systems are installed on the hulls. Read More