Megan Eckstein

About Megan Eckstein

Megan Eckstein is the deputy editor for USNI News. She previously covered Congress for Defense Daily and the U.S. surface navy and U.S. amphibious operations as an associate editor for Inside the Navy.


Recent Posts By the Author


New Commandant Berger Sheds 38-Amphib Requirement in Quest to Modernize USMC for High-End Fight

New Commandant Berger Sheds 38-Amphib Requirement in Quest to Modernize USMC for High-End Fight

U.S. Marine Corps AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicles assigned to Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, unload service members during an amphibious landing demonstration as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pyramid Rock Beach on Marine Corps Base Hawaii July 29, 2018. US Marine Corps photo.

New Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David Berger outlined his largely naval priorities for the Marine Corps, and he’s willing to shed some key tenets of the Marines’ amphibious force planning in recent years – including the demand for 38 amphibious warships to support a 2 Marine Expeditionary Brigade-sized forcible entry force. Read More

Surface Warfare Directorate Still Considering Large Combatant Requirement; MUSV RFP Released

Surface Warfare Directorate Still Considering Large Combatant Requirement; MUSV RFP Released

Sea Hunter, an entirely new class of unmanned sea surface vehicle developed in partnership between the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), recently completed an autonomous sail from San Diego to Hawaii and back—the first ship ever to do so autonomously. Sea Hunter is part of ONR’s Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV) project. US Navy photo.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The new director of surface warfare is still considering what the Navy needs from upcoming manned and unmanned surface ship programs and how to get the best capability for the dollar. Read More

Fleet Finding New Sleep-Sensitive Watch Schedules Boosts Crew Performance, Efficiency

Fleet Finding New Sleep-Sensitive Watch Schedules Boosts Crew Performance, Efficiency

Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Recruit Jose Rivera, a helmsman aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107), maintains an ordered course through the North Sea on Jan. 9, 2019. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS GRAVELY, IN THE BALTIC SEA – A year and a half after surface navy leadership demanded ships implement new work schedules to ensure sailors got enough sleep, officers aboard a destroyer say the new scheduling has made them more effective at sea and they’re not looking back. Read More

From Russian Presence to Sailboat Traffic, U.S. Learning What's 'Normal' Far From Home

From Russian Presence to Sailboat Traffic, U.S. Learning What’s ‘Normal’ Far From Home

Russian Steregushchiy-class corvette Boikiy (532) approaches Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Gravely (DDG-107) in the Baltic Sea during the BALTOPS 2019 exercise. Exercise and regional leaders have said that all recent interactions with the Russian Navy had been safe and professional. USNI News photo.

ABOARD USS GRAVELY, IN THE BALTIC SEA – “Away, SNOOPIE team, away. Surface contact on port side.” Read More

Berger Takes Command of Marine Corps, Neller Reflects on 45 Years of Service

Berger Takes Command of Marine Corps, Neller Reflects on 45 Years of Service

Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Ronald Green presents the battle color of the Marine Corps to 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller, who in turned passed the flag and command of the service over to 38th Commandant Gen. David Berger. The change of command took place July 11, 2019, at Marine Barracks Washington. USNI News photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gen. David Berger today took command of a Marine Corps that has begun a transition to a fighting force preparing for high-end modern warfare. Outgoing Commandant Gen. Robert Neller reflected during the change of command ceremony that the service scarcely resembles what it was when he was commissioned in 1975 and in many ways looks different from the corps he took command of four years ago. Read More

50 Sailors from USS John S. McCain Honored for Actions During 2017 Collision

50 Sailors from USS John S. McCain Honored for Actions During 2017 Collision

Admiral John Aquilino, left, Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Vice Admiral Phillip Sawyer, right, Commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, pose for a photo with award recipients on of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) during an awards ceremony, July 10, 2019, at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. US Navy photo.

The Navy honored 50 sailors today for their efforts to save lives and save the ship after USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) collided with a merchant ship two years ago. Read More

U.S. Leading NATO Maritime Group Amid Renewed Focus on Northern Europe

U.S. Leading NATO Maritime Group Amid Renewed Focus on Northern Europe

Standing NATO Maritime Group One flagship USS Gravely (DDG 107) leads 11 naval ships from nine nations in close formation during a Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 exercise on June 16, 2019. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS GRAVELY, IN THE BALTIC SEA — The U.S. Navy is leading a decades-old NATO maritime group, serving as a first-responder force in northern European waters and building interoperability among NATO allies while also re-learning lessons for the U.S. Navy about operating in that region. Read More

Truman Carrier Strike Group at Sea for Pre-Deployment Exercise

Truman Carrier Strike Group at Sea for Pre-Deployment Exercise

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducts flight operations in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 18, 2018. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include a statement from 2nd Fleet.

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group departed Naval Station Norfolk over the holiday weekend to begin its composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) ahead of a deployment later this year. Read More

4th Fleet-Led UNITAS 2019 Pacific Exercise Focuses on Sub-Hunting, Humanitarian Assistance

4th Fleet-Led UNITAS 2019 Pacific Exercise Focuses on Sub-Hunting, Humanitarian Assistance

Machinist’s Mate Fireman Joshua Abrahamson, right, and Damage Controlman Fireman Aaron Working combat a simulated fire on the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112) as part of a damage control ‘crash and salvage’ drill conducted during the “free play” phase of UNITAS LX. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy and its partners in Central and South America just wrapped up the UNITAS 2019 Pacific exercise, with a U.S. destroyer leading the 13-nation force through an anti-submarine and surface warfare drill. Read More