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.

Follow @Wernertime//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js


Recent Posts By the Author


'Substantial' Columbia-class Missile Tube Weld Fix Will Cost $27 Million, Take a Year

‘Substantial’ Columbia-class Missile Tube Weld Fix Will Cost $27 Million, Take a Year

Workers stand pose for a photo in the four-tube “quad-pack” built for the U.S. Ohio Replacement-class and U.K. Successor-class. General Dynamics Electric Boat Photo via US Navy

A problem with Columbia-class submarine missile tube welds is more serious than initially thought, causing the contractor responsible to set aside $27 million to cover repair work that is expected to take nearly a year.

Read More

USS John P. Murtha Completes Orion Spacecraft Recovery Tests

USS John P. Murtha Completes Orion Spacecraft Recovery Tests

NASA’s Recovery Team and the U.S. Navy test procedures and ground support equipment to improve recovery procedures and hardware ahead of Orion’s next flight. NASA photo.

San Antonio-class amphibious warship USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) completed a series of tests practicing the recovery of an Orion spacecraft in anticipation of NASA’s return to launching astronauts into space.

Read More

Warships Conduct First East Coast SWATT Advanced Training For Carrier Escorts

Warships Conduct First East Coast SWATT Advanced Training For Carrier Escorts

Guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG-94) conducts a Mk 45 5″ gun shoot as part of Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise, involving the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) cruiser-destroyer (CRUDES) units. Navy photo.

In a first for East Coast-based carrier strike group escorts, warships from the Abraham Lincoln CSG are participating in a surface warfare advanced tactical training (SWATT) exercise in a push to standardize similar training throughout the fleet.

Read More

U.S. Navy, Marines Clean Up Pacific Island Caught in Hurricane's Eye

U.S. Navy, Marines Clean Up Pacific Island Caught in Hurricane’s Eye

NOAA tweeted this satellite photo of Tinian Island, one of three main islands of the Northern Mariana Islands, in the eye of the tapestry. NOAA photo.

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are delivering supplies to the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) in the wake of category 5 Typhoon Yutu which devastated the island chain two weeks ago. Read More

Navy Officially Retires 'Bucket' Cover for Female Officers, Chiefs

Navy Officially Retires ‘Bucket’ Cover for Female Officers, Chiefs

HMC Julie Dye holds her grandmother’s cover. “I think, for me, it’ll always hold a special place in my heart,” she said on Oct. 30, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Navy officially retired the combination – or “bucket” – cover this week, ending the 78-year run for the staple of the female officer and chief petty officer uniform.

Read More

China Expects U.S. Navy To Transit Taiwan Strait Again Soon

China Expects U.S. Navy To Transit Taiwan Strait Again Soon

Satellite image of the Taiwan Strait, separated mainland China on the left, from the island of Taiwan on the right. NASA photo

China expects the U.S. Navy to send warships through the Taiwan Strait in November, an action Chinese officials say infringes on their national sovereignty but American military leaders say is in keeping with international law.

Read More

In Budget Squeeze, Coast Guard Set to Extend Life of Dolphin Helicopter Fleet

In Budget Squeeze, Coast Guard Set to Extend Life of Dolphin Helicopter Fleet

Coast Guard members offload MH-65 Dolphin helicopters from an Air Force C-17 aircraft at Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa Locka, Fla., Sept. 11, 2017. Two of the Coast Guard Air Station Miami helicopters were partially disassembled and transported from Mobile, Ala., following Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Coast Guard hopes to keep its aging fleet of short-range search and rescue helicopters flying for another dozen years while evaluating the potential of vertical lift studies from the Pentagon to fulfill future missions.

Read More

Boeing Lands Contracts With Upfront R&D Investing

Boeing Lands Contracts With Upfront R&D Investing

Testing Boeing’s MQ-25A Stingray prototype in St. Louis. Boeing Image

Boeing landed the contract to build the Navy’s unmanned carrier-based refueling aircraft thanks to what company executives described as an aggressive up-front research and development investment. Read More