Megan Eckstein

About Megan Eckstein

Megan Eckstein is a staff writer 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.


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RIMPAC 2016: LCS-4 Exercises With Chinese Navy Ahead Of First Deployment To Asia

RIMPAC 2016: LCS-4 Exercises With Chinese Navy Ahead Of First Deployment To Asia

USS Coronado (LCS 4), an Independence-variant littoral combat ship, launches the first over-the-horizon missile engagement using a Harpoon Block 1C missile. US Navy photo.

USS Coronado (LCS 4), an Independence-variant littoral combat ship, launches the first over-the-horizon missile engagement using a Harpoon Block 1C missile. US Navy photo.

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – The Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) has had an opportunity to work with Chinese ships and naval crews during the Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise and develop an understanding with their counterparts ahead of the ship’s maiden deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet, which will almost certainly include spending time patrolling the South China Sea. Read More

RIMPAC 2016: Navy Hopes Green Initiatives will be Adopted by Foreign Militaries

RIMPAC 2016: Navy Hopes Green Initiatives will be Adopted by Foreign Militaries

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) middle participates with Italian navy ships in Flotta Verde as part of the Great Green Fleet initiative. US Navy Photo

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) middle participates with Italian navy ships in Flotta Verde as part of the Great Green Fleet initiative. US Navy Photo

PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII — The Navy’s Great Green Fleet initiative is highlighting the connection between environmental stewardship and increased combat capability at RIMPAC 2016, and top Navy leadership hopes its foreign partners will find technologies and practices to adapt in their own militaries. Read More

RIMPAC 2016: Russian Destroyer Shadowed USS America Near Hawaii

RIMPAC 2016: Russian Destroyer Shadowed USS America Near Hawaii

The Russian Udaloy-class destroyer Admiral Vinogradov (DD-572) seen on July 17, 2016 off USS America. USNI News Photo

The Russian Udaloy-class destroyer Admiral Vinogradov (DD-572) seen on July 17, 2016 off USS America. USNI News Photo

CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, the following story indicated the Russian Navy has never been invited to the Rim of the Pacific exercise series when in fact the Russian Navy was invited to RIMPAC 2012. The post has been amended to reflect the change.

ABOARD USS AMERICA, NEAR HAWAII — A Russian destroyer shadowed the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) on July 16 and 17 during the Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise, generally staying about one or two nautical miles away but at times coming as close as about 1,000 yards, USNI News observed. Read More

Biden Tours U.S. Carrier Stennis: Praises Sailors, Chides China

Biden Tours U.S. Carrier Stennis: Praises Sailors, Chides China

Vice President Joe Biden on July 14, 2016 speaking to sailors on USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). USNI News Photo

Vice President Joe Biden on July 14, 2016 speaking to sailors on USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). USNI News Photo

ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS JOHN C. STENNIS – Vice President Joe Biden thanked sailors aboard aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) for affirming U.S. presence and partnership with Asian allies during its seven-month Pacific deployment and denouncing Chinese territorial expansion. Read More

Navy 30-Year Ship Plan Outlines SSBN Incremental Funding, Pushes Cruiser Phased Modernization

Navy 30-Year Ship Plan Outlines SSBN Incremental Funding, Pushes Cruiser Phased Modernization

USS Jackson (LCS-6) during its christening ceremony at Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala. in 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Jackson (LCS-6) during its christening ceremony at Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala. in 2014. US Navy Photo

The Navy released its 30-year shipbuilding plan to supplement the Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, which continues the service’s request to put its remaining cruisers into a phased modernization plan and notes the requirement for 52 small surface combatants despite Defense Secretary Ash Carter curtailing the program at 40 Littoral Combat Ships and frigates. Read More

Ford Carrier Delayed Again Due to 'First-of-Class Issues'

Ford Carrier Delayed Again Due to ‘First-of-Class Issues’

Tug boats maneuver Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) into the James River during the ship's Turn Ship evolution on June 11, 2016. US Navy photo.

Tug boats maneuver Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) into the James River during the ship’s Turn Ship evolution on June 11, 2016. US Navy photo.

Delivery of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) has been pushed back again, this time by about a month and a half due to ongoing first-in-class challenges. Read More

Downey Takes Command of Regional Maintenance Centers; Galinis To Become PEO Ships

Downey Takes Command of Regional Maintenance Centers; Galinis To Become PEO Ships

Capt. James Downey, then-DDG 1000 program manager, speaks to assembled crew and guests in the hangar bay aboard the future guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) following a transfer of ownership ceremony on May 20, 2016. US Navy photo.

Capt. James Downey, then-DDG 1000 program manager, speaks to assembled crew and guests in the hangar bay aboard the future guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) following a transfer of ownership ceremony on May 20, 2016. US Navy photo.

Former DDG-1000 program manager Rear Adm. James Downey took over as Commander of Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC), and his predecessor there will soon become the new Program Executive Officer for Ships. Read More

Navy To Request Ohio Replacement Program Milestone B Decision This Summer

Navy To Request Ohio Replacement Program Milestone B Decision This Summer

Workers stand pose for a photo in the four-tube "quad-pack" built for the U.S. Ohio Replacement-class and U.K. Successor-class. General Dynamics Electric Boat Photo via US Navy

Workers stand pose for a photo in the four-tube “quad-pack” built for the U.S. Ohio Replacement-class and U.K. Successor-class. General Dynamics Electric Boat Photo via US Navy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy will present an updated Ohio Replacement Program cost estimate to the Defense Department later this summer and seek approval to move into detailed design and engineering work, the Program Executive Officer for Submarines said today. Read More

USMC Logistics Pursuing Unmanned Systems, 3D Printing To Support Distributed Ops

USMC Logistics Pursuing Unmanned Systems, 3D Printing To Support Distributed Ops

A Cargo Resupply Unmanned Aircraft System spins its blades in preparation for flight aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, May 19, 2014. The CRUAS was an alternative logistics capability able to resupply outlying forward operating bases as well as retrograde equipment, reducing the number of Marines and vehicles on the roads surrounding Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. US Marine Corps photo.

A Cargo Resupply Unmanned Aircraft System spins its blades in preparation for flight aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, May 19, 2014. The CRUAS was an alternative logistics capability able to resupply outlying forward operating bases as well as retrograde equipment, reducing the number of Marines and vehicles on the roads surrounding Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marine Corps’ logistics community is pursuing unmanned vehicles, additive manufacturing and “sense-and-respond logistics” to eventually support Marines deployed in small, dispersed units that cannot rely on the traditional “steel mountain” logistics model. Read More