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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Navy's First MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Deploy To Guam

Navy’s First MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Deploy To Guam

An MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) idles on a runway at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam after arriving for a deployment as part of an early operational capability (EOC) test. US Navy Photo

About a year later than initially expected, the first two MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft arrived in Guam over the weekend, marking a significant step toward increasing the Navy’s Western Pacific reconnaissance and surveillance capability, the service announced this weekend. Read More

Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Star Breaks Out McMurdo Station in Antarctica

Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Star Breaks Out McMurdo Station in Antarctica

The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star moves through pack ice Dec. 28, 2019, about 200 miles north of McMurdo Station, Antarctica. The 43-year-old Polar Star is the nation’s only heavy icebreaker. This year marks the 64th iteration of the operation known as Operation Deep Freeze. U.S. Coast Guard photograph

The nation’s only heavy icebreaker USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) finished bashing a 23-mile channel through pack ice on Wednesday to reach the National Science Foundation’s research facility, McMurdo Station, in Antarctica.

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Navy Maintains Increased Meritorious Advancement Quotas for Petty Officer First Class

Navy Maintains Increased Meritorious Advancement Quotas for Petty Officer First Class

Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, frocks Operations Specialist 2nd Class Zabribna Weddle to 1st Class Petty Officer under the Navy’s meritorious advancement program at Naval Support Activity Naples, Nov. 22, 2019. Navy photo

This post was updated with additional information about the Navy’s Advancement-to-Position program and Meritorious Advancement Program.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has a finite amount of money for retaining experienced enlisted sailors, so to ensure proper ship staffing, the service is increasing the number of meritorious promotions to petty officer first class.

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Navy CMV-22B Osprey Design Completes First Flight

Navy CMV-22B Osprey Design Completes First Flight

A Bell-Boeing CMV-22B Osprey completes its first flight on Jan. 21, 2020. Bell-Boeing Photo

The first CMV-22B Osprey – the tiltrotor aircraft selected to replace the Navy’s aging fleet of C-2A Greyhounds as the carrier onboard delivery aircraft – completed its first flight operations, according to its manufacturer. Read More

Navy Hits 2019 Enlisted Sailor Retention Targets

Navy Hits 2019 Enlisted Sailor Retention Targets

Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Samantha Geesling, right, from El Paso, Texas, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) engineering department, recites the oath of enlistment administered by Lt. Rodney Curry, Ford’s repair officer, in one of Ford’s damage control repair stations. US Navy photo

The Navy hit its 2019 retention goals for early and mid-career sailors, in large part because of what the top enlisted sailor at Naval Personnel Command called a culture shift. Read More

USS Shiloh Transits Taiwan Strait a Week After Presidential Election

USS Shiloh Transits Taiwan Strait a Week After Presidential Election

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) patrols the waters South of Japan on May 22, 2017. US Navy photo.

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) transited the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, less than a week after voters on the island reelected a leader opposed to closer ties between Taipei and Beijing.

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Coast Guard is Refining FY 2021 Funding Pitch

Coast Guard is Refining FY 2021 Funding Pitch

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche is moored to the Coast Guard Base Kodiak fuel pier on a foggy morning in Kodiak, Alaska, on Aug. 19, 2013. US Coast Guard Photo

ARLINGTON, VA.—The U.S. Coast Guard is shaping its Congressional pitch for increased shore installation funding around the idea that modernizing bases is about more than improving readiness; it’s about helping families, communities and voters.

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