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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HELP WANTED: Blue Angels Seek Experienced Super Hornet Maintainers

HELP WANTED: Blue Angels Seek Experienced Super Hornet Maintainers

Aviation Machinist’s Mates 1st Class Arnold Bredesen and Nelson Ramos perform routine maintenance on an F/A-18 Hornet assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, at Naval Station Mayport. (Navy photo)

The Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron is seeking experienced maintainers to be in place by July 2020 as the team transitions to using F/A-18E/F Super Hornet airframes, the service said this week. Read More

Pentagon Sees Military Suicide Rates Continue to Rise

Pentagon Sees Military Suicide Rates Continue to Rise

Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Adriana Ramirez, attached to U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), attends a candlelight vigil in observance of Suicide Prevention month in 2018. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The suicide rate among active-duty military personnel has been steadily increasing by an average of 6 percent a year during the past five years, according to a new Department of Defense report released Thursday. Read More

Faulty $5 Parts Cause 18-Month, $1 Billion Delay to Navy, Air Force Nuclear Upgrades

Faulty $5 Parts Cause 18-Month, $1 Billion Delay to Navy, Air Force Nuclear Upgrades

An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN-739) off the coast of California. US Navy Photo

Defects found in a $5 electrical component will delay the Navy and Air Force nuclear warhead refurbishment program by 18 months and cost more than $1 billion to fix, a National Nuclear Security Administration official said during a congressional hearing Wednesday.

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U.S. 2nd Fleet Flexes Arctic Operational Muscle

U.S. 2nd Fleet Flexes Arctic Operational Muscle

Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander of U.S. 2nd Fleet, speaks to Sailors on the bridge aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) on Sept. 10, 2018. US Navy Photo

U.S. 2nd Fleet flexed its Arctic operational muscle this week by opening a temporary expeditionary Maritime Operations Center in Keflavik, Iceland as a Surface Action Group enters the North Atlantic.

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Navy Grappling with Effects of USS George H. W. Bush Suicides

Navy Grappling with Effects of USS George H. W. Bush Suicides

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) sing the Navy Hymn during a memorial service for Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Robert “Bobby” John Bartulewicz III on July 14, 2019. US Navy Photo

Navy and local agencies are investigating the circumstances surrounding last week’s suicides of three sailors assigned to USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77). Meanwhile, the service has also increased counseling and support for the ship’s crew, Navy officials told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

USS George H.W. Bush CO Acknowledges String of Suicides

USS George H.W. Bush CO Acknowledges String of Suicides

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) grieve at a memorial service for Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Airman Juan G. Medina Reynaga on Sept. 18, 2019. US Navy Photo

Three sailors from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) took their lives last week, the ship’s commanding officer confirmed to the crew and community in a Facebook post late Monday. Read More

Arleigh Burke Destroyers Are Most Viable Option for Near-Term Navy Presence in Arctic

Arleigh Burke Destroyers Are Most Viable Option for Near-Term Navy Presence in Arctic

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) transits the Arctic Circle Sept. 5, 2017. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the high latitudes, where presence increasingly equals power, the U.S. Coast Guard shoulders much of today’s mission load. But experts think the Arleigh Burke destroyers of the future could share the operational burden.

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TRANSCOM Running Largest Ready Reserve Force Stress Test Since 2003

TRANSCOM Running Largest Ready Reserve Force Stress Test Since 2003

RRF vessel SS Cornhusker State off the coast of Haiti, February 2010. MARAD Photo

This post was updated to properly identify the Ready Reserve Force. An earlier version included an incorrect title of the force.

THE PENTAGON — U.S. Transportation Command started the largest turbo activation of the Ready Reserve Force since 2003 to stress-test the military’s ability to quickly deploy the cargo ships required for a massive troop movement.

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