Heather Mongilio

About Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio is a reporter with USNI News. She has a master’s degree in science journalism and has covered local courts, crime, health, military affairs and the Naval Academy.


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LCS USS Montgomery CO, XO Relieved from Command

LCS USS Montgomery CO, XO Relieved from Command

Cmdr. Richard Zamberlan, Lt. Cmdr Phillip Lundberg were relieved of their leadership roles aboard USS Montgomery (LCS-12). US Navy Photos

The commander and executive officer of the Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) were relieved on Thursday “due to a loss of confidence in their ability to command,” the Navy announced. Read More

Top Stories 2021: Coast Guard

Top Stories 2021: Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz speaks to the attendees at the commissioning of the USCGC Emlen Tunnell (WPC-1145) in Philadelphia on Oct. 15, 2021. Coast Guard Photo

This post is part of a series looking back at the top naval stories from 2021.

The past year saw a shift in the Coast Guard, as the maritime service focused on retention, its global presence and new partnerships with the Marines and the Navy. Read More

Top Stories 2021: COVID-19 Pandemic

Top Stories 2021: COVID-19 Pandemic

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Omar Bowen, left, assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Unit Bahrain, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Lt. j.g. Kory Hill, anti-terrorism officer aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD-22), in Manama, Bahrain on Feb. 26, 2021. US Navy Photo

The COVID-19 pandemic continued to affect the Navy’s functioning, even as vaccines were rolled out to the fleet. The past year brought ebbs and flows in terms of the number of cases with peaks brought by the Delta and Omicron variants of SARS-CoV-2. Read More

Navy to Begin Processing Separation for Sailors Refusing COVID-19 Vaccination

Navy to Begin Processing Separation for Sailors Refusing COVID-19 Vaccination

Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jackson Adkins, from Evans, Georgia, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) media department, receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the McCormick Gym onboard Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on April 8, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Navy can now begin to separate active-duty sailors who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Navy guidance released Wednesday.
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USS Iwo Jima Arrives in New Homeport at Naval Station Norfolk

USS Iwo Jima Arrives in New Homeport at Naval Station Norfolk

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) departs Naval Station Mayport, Florida, to execute a homeport shift from Mayport to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, Dec. 10. US Navy Photo

This story has been updated to clarify that the ship had not yet thrown its lines over. 

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) will now call Norfolk, Va., home as part of a planned shift in homeports.

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