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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Kearsarge ARG, 22nd MEU Depart Norfolk For Deployment

Kearsarge ARG, 22nd MEU Depart Norfolk For Deployment

A Naval Aircrewman observes from an MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter as simulated fast attack craft approach the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) during a Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise in summer. US Navy Photo

More than 4,500 sailors and Marines with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Norfolk on Monday for a deployment that will likely include visits to Europe and the Middle East.

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Navy Establishes First CMV-22B Squadron

Navy Establishes First CMV-22B Squadron

Squadron plank owners reveal the new logo for Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron 30 “Titans” (VRM-30) at the establishment ceremony. Cmdr. Trevor F. Hermann, the commanding officer, VRM-30, looks on, with Capt. Marcello Caceres, the commander of Airborne Command & Control and Logistics Wing seated on the left, and Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller, the commander of Naval Air Forces seated on the right.

The Navy stood up its first squadron that will field the CMV-22B in a Friday ceremony. The Titans of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30 will be the first unit to field the replacement for the Navy’s fleet of C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft.

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USS John C. Stennis, USS Essex Conduct Joint Operations In Arabian Sea

USS John C. Stennis, USS Essex Conduct Joint Operations In Arabian Sea

An F-35B Lightning II, attached to the “Avengers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, launches from the flight deck of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Navy photo.

The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) started integrated operations in the Arabian Sea on Wednesday, supporting operations in Afghanistan. Read More

Navy Sees Sudden Rise in Suicide Rate Since 2015; Unclear on Causes

Navy Sees Sudden Rise in Suicide Rate Since 2015; Unclear on Causes

A sailor plays ‘Taps.’ US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – Over the past two years, the number of active duty sailors who committed suicide grew rapidly at a time the overall number of active duty service members taking their lives increased more modestly, according to data from the Department of Defense obtained by USNI News.

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John Kelly, Retired Marine 4-Star, Will Step Down as White House Chief of Staff

John Kelly, Retired Marine 4-Star, Will Step Down as White House Chief of Staff

Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, center, commander of U.S. Southern Command, speaks with Adm. Sigifrido Pared Perez, Dominican Republic minister of defense, in Barahona, Dominican Republic on June 9, 2014. SOUTHCOM Photo

Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly will step down as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff at the end of the year, after more than a year spent managing the daily operations inside the West Wing, Trump told reporters today.

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Coast Guard Commandant Hopeful FY 2019 DHS Budget Will Be Approved With Icebreaker Funding

Coast Guard Commandant Hopeful FY 2019 DHS Budget Will Be Approved With Icebreaker Funding

Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star participate in various activities on the ice about 13 miles from McMurdo Station, Antarctica on Jan. 26, 2018. US Coast Guard Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz is guardedly optimistic his service will get funding for a new Polar Security Cutter in time to start construction in 2019. Read More

SECNAV Spencer: FY 2020 Budget Outlook Could Hurt Fleet Readiness

SECNAV Spencer: FY 2020 Budget Outlook Could Hurt Fleet Readiness

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer speaks during an all-hands call onboard U.S. Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka on July 12, 2018. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer is preparing for what could be a tight Pentagon budget environment in Fiscal Year 2020 that could hurt future fleet readiness. Read More