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 Wants 5,000 New Sailors in FY 2020; Would Cut 3,100 Medical Personnel

Navy Wants 5,000 New Sailors in FY 2020; Would Cut 3,100 Medical Personnel

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Michael Wettlaufer, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3, addresses the crew during an all-hands call on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 14, 2019. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — The Navy plans to shed about 3,100 medical personnel in Fiscal Year 2020 while adding 5,000 active duty sailors to staff aviation units and a crop of new ships, according to Tuesday’s Department of the Navy budget request. Read More

Top Navy Civilian in Charge of Bases, Housing Resigns

Top Navy Civilian in Charge of Bases, Housing Resigns

The Honorable Mrs. Phyllis L. Bayer, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment, receives a brief on installation energy initiative during her visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, on April 24, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

Phyllis Bayer, the assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, submitted her resignation on Friday, stating she intends to leave government service to pursue other opportunities. Read More

Second Weapons Elevator Accepted Aboard USS Gerald R. Ford

Second Weapons Elevator Accepted Aboard USS Gerald R. Ford

Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Shameka Judene, from Augusta, Georgia, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) weapons department, operates Advanced Weapons Elevator (AWE) upper stage no. 3. Navy photo.

The Navy accepted the second advanced weapons elevator aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) a month after the first elevator was deemed operational.

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Pacific Partnership 2019 Puts Expeditionary Fast Transports in the Role of Command Ships

Pacific Partnership 2019 Puts Expeditionary Fast Transports in the Role of Command Ships

Expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) departs Naval Base Guam, passing the MSC expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4) and marking the start of Pacific Partnership 2019. US Navy photo

A pair of expeditionary fast transport ships (EPFs) are playing a key role in this year’s multi-national Pacific Partnership 2019 exercise focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region.

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Navy Stopped Publicly Announcing Flag Officer Nominations, Citing Policy Review

Navy Stopped Publicly Announcing Flag Officer Nominations, Citing Policy Review

Navy Flag officers salute the color guard during the playing of the national anthem at the beginning of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) decommissioning ceremony in 2007. US Navy Photo

An earlier version of this story referred to 67 U.S. Army general officer nominations when in fact these were 67 general officer job announcements. The Army typically only announces general officer job assignments.

The Pentagon in Fiscal Year 2019 has announced the nomination or assignment of a combined 256 general officers for the Air Force, Army and Marine Corps – and one Navy admiral. Read More