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 Issues Iran Warning to Keep Away From Warships

Navy Issues Iran Warning to Keep Away From Warships

Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) vessels conducted unsafe and unprofessional actions against U.S. Military ships by crossing the ships’ bows and sterns at close range while operating in international waters of the North Arabian Gulf. The guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) is conducting joint interoperability operations in support of maritime security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. US Navy photo.

The U.S. Navy’s stay-away warning to marine traffic in the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman was intended for Iran, Pentagon officials confirmed on Thursday. Read More

GAO: Women 28 Percent More Likely to Leave Military Service than Men

GAO: Women 28 Percent More Likely to Leave Military Service than Men

Sailors man the rails on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) while pulling into Norfolk, Va., May 16, 2019. US Navy Photo

Family planning, lack of dependent care, sexism and sexual assault were among the top reasons more women leave the military than their male counterparts, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Read More

Navy Plans to Restart Officer Promotion Boards in July

Navy Plans to Restart Officer Promotion Boards in July

Lt. Lyra Silverwolf, from Boston, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) reactor department, is pinned to her current rank by Cmdr. Emily Bassett, Ford’s reactor officer, and Lt. Kenneth Busch during her promotion ceremony in the ship’s reactor training classroom. US Navy Photo

The Navy plans to restart officer promotion boards in July, with some process tweaks in place to mitigate COVID-19 risks, after taking what will be a three-month hiatus during the busy promotions season.

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Navy Altering, Postponing or Skipping Midshipmen Rites Of Passage

Navy Altering, Postponing or Skipping Midshipmen Rites Of Passage

Incoming plebes participate in the Oath of Office Ceremony during induction day (I-day) 2017 at the U.S. Naval Academy. US Navy Photo

Keeping the Navy’s new officer pipeline open while mitigating COVID-19 risks means altering, delaying or even skipping some of the long-held traditions considered rites of passage for midshipmen.

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COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts Allowing Navy To Increase New Recruit Training Class Sizes

COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts Allowing Navy To Increase New Recruit Training Class Sizes

The Navy’s newest Sailors congratulate each other with elbow-bumps to minimize contact after a capping ceremony, marking their transition from recruit to Sailor, at Recruit Training Command. The Sailors recently completed “Battle Stations,” the crucible event that recruits must pass prior to graduation, testing their knowledge and skills in basic seamanship, watchstanding, damage control, firefighting and emergency response procedures. More than 35,000 recruits train annually at the Navy’s only boot camp. US Navy Photo

The Navy is confident its COVID-19 mitigation efforts are working well enough to increase the number of recruits arriving at boot camp to 750 per week.

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USS McCampbell Transits Taiwan Strait Ahead of Taiwanese Presidential Inauguration

USS McCampbell Transits Taiwan Strait Ahead of Taiwanese Presidential Inauguration

U.S. Navy Seaman Danielle Clarke stands watch as the master helmsman on the bridge aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85) while conducting underway operations. Navy photo.

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85) transited the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, a week before Taiwan’s anti-China reunification president is inaugurated for a second term.

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Maritime Standoff Between China And Malaysia Winding Down

Maritime Standoff Between China And Malaysia Winding Down

USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) conducts routine operations near the Panamanian flagged drill ship, West Capella on May 12, 2020. US Navy Photo

A standoff between China and Malaysia over potential natural gas and oil reserves beneath the South China Sea appears to be ending as research vessels from both nations moved away from each other following stepped-up U.S. Navy presence in the last several weeks.

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