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 George Washington Will Return to Japan After Midlife Refueling, Overhaul

USS George Washington Will Return to Japan After Midlife Refueling, Overhaul

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) begins the transit to Newport News, Va., on Aug. 4, 2017, to begin a refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) maintenance at Newport News Shipyard. US Navy photo.

USS George Washington (CVN-73) will return to Japan as the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier once it completes a four-year Refueling and Complex Overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding, USNI News has learned.

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Navy Increases Tour Lengths for First Time Forward Deployed Sailors

Navy Increases Tour Lengths for First Time Forward Deployed Sailors

Sailors man the rails aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) as the ship returns to Sasebo, Japan on April 26, 2018. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — The Navy is extending initial tour lengths for forward deployed enlisted sailors in an attempt to cut down on the constant churn of personnel passing through ships based overseas.

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French, U.S. Naval Aviators Learn to Work Together Ahead of Middle East Deployment

French, U.S. Naval Aviators Learn to Work Together Ahead of Middle East Deployment

Cmdr. Marc, commander of the French carrier airwing training at Naval Air Station Oceana. USNI News photo

NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA, Va. — Since carrier flight skills atrophy over time, French naval aviators are spending two months training with US Navy air wings so they’ll be ready for missions this summer when their carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) finishes repairs after almost two years in the yard.

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Service Leaders Rethinking Navy and Marine Corps Education

Service Leaders Rethinking Navy and Marine Corps Education

Newly commissioned Navy Ensigns and Marine 2nd Lieutenants from the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2016 throw their midshipmen covers in the air at the end of their graduation and commissioning ceremony. US Navy Photo

A clean sheet review of how the Navy educates sailors and Marines is now underway, with results expected to alter the way Department of the Navy training is conducted. Read More

USS Bonhomme Richard Returns To U.S. After 6 Years in Forward Deployed Naval Forces Japan

USS Bonhomme Richard Returns To U.S. After 6 Years in Forward Deployed Naval Forces Japan

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departs Fleet Activities Sasebo on April 18, 2018. Bonhomme Richard has been the flagship of the Amphibious Force 7th Fleet since April 2012 and will now transit to its new homeport in San Diego for follow-on operations and eventual upgrades to become F-35B Lightning II capable. US Navy photo.

After six years serving as the forward-deployed flagship of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) is heading back to the U.S. and its new homeport of San Diego.

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Truman Strike Group Enters Mediterranean Sea, Days After Syria Air Strikes

Truman Strike Group Enters Mediterranean Sea, Days After Syria Air Strikes

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Yasmin Downs poses for a photo on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). US Navy Photo

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group entered the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations Wednesday, the region where less than a week ago U.S., British and French forces launched air strikes against Syrian chemical weapons facilities.

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