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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Foggo: Military Needs GERMEX To Prepare For Next Pandemic

Foggo: Military Needs GERMEX To Prepare For Next Pandemic

Adm. James Foggo, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNE-CNA), speaks to sailors during an all-hands call at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota, Spain. US Navy Photo

The U.S. military is must capture its COVID-19 infection data now for use when prepping for the next pandemic, the head of U.S. naval forces in Europe and Africa said Thursday. Read More

Carrier USS Nimitz Underway for Final Rounds of Training Ahead of Deployment

Carrier USS Nimitz Underway for Final Rounds of Training Ahead of Deployment

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) passes Mount Rainier while transiting Puget Sound on Feb. 22, 2020. U.S. Navy Photo

This post was updated with a statement from U.S. 3rd Fleet.

Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) departed Bremerton, Wash., on Monday for its final pre-deployment training event, in what is the Navy’s first real test of its plan to prevent COVID-19 from spreading among deploying crews.

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USS Kidd Reports 47 Cases of COVID-19 as Destroyer Heads to San Diego

USS Kidd Reports 47 Cases of COVID-19 as Destroyer Heads to San Diego

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Yves Permelona, left, and Operations Specialist 2nd Class June Canuel, practice plotting courses during combat systems training aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG-100) on April 16, 2020. US Navy Photo

The COVID-19 outbreak on Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG-100) has resulted in 47 sailors testing positive for the virus, with two sailors flown to shore to receive treatment, the Navy reported Monday morning. Read More

USS Barry Transits Taiwan Strait

USS Barry Transits Taiwan Strait

TAIWAN STRAIT (April 23, 2020) Ltjg. Hannah Lee plots using a maneuvering board during routine underway operations aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52). Navy photo

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) transited the Taiwan Strait Friday for the second time this month, as China is growing its naval fleet and conducting its own operations in the region.

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VIDEO: 27 Fully Loaded Tankers Parked off L.A. with No Place to Put Their Oil

VIDEO: 27 Fully Loaded Tankers Parked off L.A. with No Place to Put Their Oil

A crew aboard Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco’s Forward Operating Base Point Mugu MH-65 Dolphin helicopter conducts an overflight near an anchorage site off the coast of Los Angeles, Calif., on April 23, 2020. US Coast Guard Photo

More than two dozen oil tankers are parked just off the California coast, holding the equivalent of 20 percent of the global daily oil consumption, with nowhere to go. Read More

26 Navy Battle Force Ships Have Had COVID-19 Cases

26 Navy Battle Force Ships Have Had COVID-19 Cases

BREMERTON, Wash. (April 3, 2020) A Nimitz Sailor exercises in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently in port preparing for future operations. U.S. Navy photo

Twenty-six of the Navy’s battle force ships have reported at least one positive COVID-19 case as of Thursday, as the Navy enhances efforts to stop transmission of the sickness, Navy sources told USNI News. Read More

Navy Applying USS Gerald Ford Advanced Weapons Elevators Lessons to Rest of Carrier Class

Navy Applying USS Gerald Ford Advanced Weapons Elevators Lessons to Rest of Carrier Class

Sailors go over safety procedures for the Upper Stage 1 advanced weapons aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). US Navy Photo

This post was updated with additional information from the Navy.

The Navy is revamping its approach to building weapons elevators on Ford-class aircraft carriers, after finding that each of the 11 unique elevators is generating its own unique set of lessons learned.

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