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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SECDEF Esper Says SECNAV Spencer Ousted For Going Outside Chain Of Command

SECDEF Esper Says SECNAV Spencer Ousted For Going Outside Chain Of Command

Former Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, right, with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the U.S. Naval Academy. Navy photo.

This post has been updated with statements from former SECNAV Richard V. Spencer made to CBS News.

THE PENTAGON – Richard V. Spencer, former secretary of the Navy, was fired because it became clear his conversations inside the Pentagon did not match what he secretly discussed with White House officials, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Monday morning.

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Beijing Irked at Twin U.S. South China Sea FONOPS

Beijing Irked at Twin U.S. South China Sea FONOPS

USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) sails through the South China Sea on Nov. 18, 2019. US Navy Photo

A pair of U.S. Navy freedom of navigation operations on two consecutive days in the South China Sea this week has irked Chinese officials at a time they are seeking to ease trade tensions with the U.S. Read More

USS Wasp Arrives In Norfolk, Completing Homeport Shift From Japan

USS Wasp Arrives In Norfolk, Completing Homeport Shift From Japan

Sailors man the rails as the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia Nov. 18. Wasp returned to Norfolk, completing a homeport shift after spending nearly two years forward deployed to Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan and operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. Navy photo

USS Wasp (LHD-1) arrived at Naval Station Norfolk on Monday, completing a homeport shift after being forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan for nearly two years.

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USNS Miguel Keith Delivered After Repairs to Fix Dry Dock Flooding Damage

USNS Miguel Keith Delivered After Repairs to Fix Dry Dock Flooding Damage

The future USNS Miguel Keith (ESB-5) departs General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. shipyard in San Diego, Calif. During the weeklong acceptance trials, the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey conducted comprehensive tests to demonstrate and evaluate the performance of all of the ship’s major systems. NASSCO photo.

The Navy accepted delivery of USNS Miguel Keith (T-ESB-5), the expeditionary sea base that was damaged while under construction when its dry dock flooded in July 2018 and subsequently set back by about six months.

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Navy, Marine Corps Want to Update Services' Professional Military Education

Navy, Marine Corps Want to Update Services’ Professional Military Education

An actor portraying Rear Adm. Stephen B. Luce, founder and first president of U.S. Naval War College (NWC) addresses students, staff, faculty and guests during a convocation ceremony kicking off the 2017-2018 academic year a the Naval War College. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy is evaluating ways to improve and update the Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) program that is considered a must for officers to promote to senior ranks. Read More

Navy Close to Hiring Leaders for New Community College

Navy Close to Hiring Leaders for New Community College

Utilitiesman 1st Class Joshua Poirier, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, and Sailors assigned to Commander, Fleet Activities Okinawa tenant commands, take the Navy-wide chief petty officer advancement exam. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Navy is close to establishing what is intended to be an early stop on a continuum of learning, as it nears hiring the leadership of its soon-to-be-formed Naval Community College.

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Lawmakers Cooling on F-35 Multi-Year Production Contracts

Lawmakers Cooling on F-35 Multi-Year Production Contracts

Cpl. Kendal Parish and Sgt. Arben Kupa, both Airframe Mechanics from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, reinstall a panel of an F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter after maintenance aboard the USS Wasp, May 24, 2015.

CAPITOL HILL – Lawmakers said Wednesday they’re unlikely to authorize the Pentagon to award a coveted multi-year contract to build F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters unless the program solves such problems as chronic shortages of spare parts that often wear out quicker than anticipated.

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