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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USS Russell Transits Taiwan Strait

USS Russell Transits Taiwan Strait

Ens. Ryan O’Neal, from Wichita, Kan., searches for surface contacts from the pilot house as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG-59) transits the Taiwan Strait on June 4, 2020. US Navy Photo

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG-59) transited the Taiwan Strait Thursday, days after China’s newest aircraft carrier departed for sea trials.

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Navy Kicks Off Summer Flag Moves With VCNO Swearing-In

Navy Kicks Off Summer Flag Moves With VCNO Swearing-In

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday, left, administers the Oath of Office to Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Bill Lescher during a promotion ceremony at the Pentagon on May 29, 2020. US Navy Photo

Several promotions last week kicked off an unofficial start to this summer’s season of flag officer moves. Read More

Defense Contractors Remain Upbeat About 2021

Defense Contractors Remain Upbeat About 2021

A worker in the shipyard’s foundry uses a torch to slice through scrap steel at Newport News Shipbuilding. HII Photo

A trio of large defense contractors belive their financial futures are secure in 2020 and 2021 – even with COVID-19 and a slowed federal budget process.

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Kenneth Braithwaite Sworn in as Secretary of the Navy

Kenneth Braithwaite Sworn in as Secretary of the Navy

Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite to serve as the next Secretary of the Navy on May 29, 2020 in the Pentagon. DoD Photo

Kenneth Braithwaite was sworn in as the newest secretary of the Navy during a private ceremony today at the Pentagon, capping what has been a tumultuous six months for the department’s leadership.

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Navy Releases New COVID-19 Guidance To Fleet

Navy Releases New COVID-19 Guidance To Fleet

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Amy Peterson (left), checks Electronics Technician Seaman James Love’s temperature at a medical screening check point for the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Navy photo

The Navy released a new set of COVID-19 guidelines Wednesday to standardize the fleet’s response to the pandemic and establish a framework for commanders to use as the Pentagon moves toward resuming full operations.

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SECDEF Esper Lifts DoD Stop Movement Order, Replaces With Conditions-Based Guidance

SECDEF Esper Lifts DoD Stop Movement Order, Replaces With Conditions-Based Guidance

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper addresses local Colorado Springs media outlets during his visit to the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command’s headquarters, May 7. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper ordered replacing the military’s expansive movement restrictions on Tuesday with a regional conditions-based set of guidelines governing when and where service members, civilian employees and dependents can travel. Read More

VIDEO: Two Russian Fighters Make Unsafe Intercept of Navy P-8A Over Eastern Med

VIDEO: Two Russian Fighters Make Unsafe Intercept of Navy P-8A Over Eastern Med

Two Russian Su-35 aircraft unsafely intercept a P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft assigned to U.S. 6th Fleet over the Mediterranean Sea May 26, 2020. US Navy Photo

Russian pilots flew in an unsafe and unprofessional manner while intercepting a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, U.S. 6th Fleet said on Tuesday. The intercept the third such incident in two months, Navy officials said Tuesday. Read More