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 Quarantining New Recruits At Closed Indoor Waterpark Resort

Navy Quarantining New Recruits At Closed Indoor Waterpark Resort

A recruit chief petty officer gives commands to his division as they prepare to march in formation at Recruit Training Command on May 8, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy is paying a dry waterpark outside Chicago $1.1 million to quarantine all new enlisted recruits to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak at the service’s sole boot camp.

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VIDEO: Research Groups Find Wreck of 'Unsinkable Battleship' USS Nevada

VIDEO: Research Groups Find Wreck of ‘Unsinkable Battleship’ USS Nevada

This is the top of the mast
that once towered more than a hundred feet over Nevada’s deck. Ocean Infinity/SEARCH Photo

This post has been updated with an audio clip from the Naval Institute’s oral history program.

USS Nevada (BB-36) – dubbed the “unsinkable battleship” that served in two world wars – was found nearly three miles below the water’s surface about 65 nautical miles southwest of Pearl Harbor, a team of researchers announced Monday. Read More

USS Nimitz Departs San Diego for Pre-Deployment Exercise

USS Nimitz Departs San Diego for Pre-Deployment Exercise

An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) as part of a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) in May 6, 2020. US Navy Photo

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) left San Diego this week for a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Pacific, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News.

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Navy Extends High-Year Tenure Waiver For Enlisted Sailors With Critical Skills

Navy Extends High-Year Tenure Waiver For Enlisted Sailors With Critical Skills

Sailors stand watch in the Fleet Operations Center at the headquarters of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F). Navy Photo

As the Navy tries ensuring COVID-19-related restrictions don’t hollow out the force, active-duty enlisted sailors with vital skills can now delay their high-year tenure separations for up to 24 months and sailors can reenlist up to a year before their contracts end.

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SASC Will Consider Braithwaite SECNAV Nomination in Thursday Hearing

SASC Will Consider Braithwaite SECNAV Nomination in Thursday Hearing

Kenneth Braithwaite, the U.S. ambassador to Norway, arrives aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Navy photo

Kenneth Braithwaite, currently the U.S. ambassador to Norway and President Donald Trump’s nominee to become Secretary of the Navy, is scheduled to appear at a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on Thursday.

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SECDEF Esper Preparing For Future Defense Spending Cuts

SECDEF Esper Preparing For Future Defense Spending Cuts

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks to the media during in the Pentagon Briefing Room on April 14, 2020. DoD Photo

When the bill comes due for Congress to pay off nearly $3 trillion in spending bills passed to spur economic activity during the COVID-19 shutdown, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper worries future Pentagon budgets will take a hit.

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Defense Industry Weathering COVID-19 Economic Slowdown

Defense Industry Weathering COVID-19 Economic Slowdown

PALMDALE, Calif. – June 29, 2018 – A Northrop Grumman quality team performs final inspection of an F-35 center fuselage produced by the company at its Palmdale Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence. Northrop Grumman photo

The defense sector appears more insulated from the worst financial effects caused by the COVID-19-related economic slowdown when compared to other industries.

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