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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Future Ships Classes Will Need Hands-On Trainers Like LCS, DDG-1000 Systems

Future Ships Classes Will Need Hands-On Trainers Like LCS, DDG-1000 Systems

Lt. Caroline Stanton, an instructor at the Littoral Combat Ship Training Facility aboard Naval Station Mayport, teaches Sailors how to simulate navigating an LCS as part of a tour for the annual Reserve Leadership Symposium hosted by Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 2 on Jan. 26, 2018. US Navy photo.

Future classes of surface ships ought to come with advanced training systems that allow maintenance sailors to practice hands-on troubleshooting, much like the trainers for the Littoral Combat Ship and the DDG-1000, the Program Executive Officer for Ships said last week. Read More

Navy Hopes for Commonality – Or at Least Interoperability – With Frigates in Australia, Canada, U.K.

Navy Hopes for Commonality – Or at Least Interoperability – With Frigates in Australia, Canada, U.K.

Top: Artist’s concept of Royal Australian Navy Hunter-class guided-missile frigate. Bottom: (left to right) U.K. Royal Navy Arrowhead Type 31e design, Austal USA FFG(X) design and Lockheed Martin FFG(X) design

CAPITOL HILL – The U.S. Navy is in talks with Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom in the hopes that all four navies will design and field frigates with common combat systems – or at least interoperable ones – the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for ships told USNI News. Read More

Second Zumwalt Destroyer Needs New Engine After Turbine Blades Damaged in Sea Trials

Second Zumwalt Destroyer Needs New Engine After Turbine Blades Damaged in Sea Trials

Destroyer Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) underway during trials. BIW Photo

This post has been updated to include a statement from Rolls-Royce, and again to include a statement from Naval Sea Systems Command.

Zumwalt-class destroyer Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) will need to have a main turbine engine replaced before the ship can sail to San Diego for its combat system activation, after suffering damage to the turbine blades during acceptance trials, the Program Executive Officer for Ships told USNI News. Read More

MC-8C Fire Scout Completes IOT&E Event; Pierside Testing to Continue This Summer

MC-8C Fire Scout Completes IOT&E Event; Pierside Testing to Continue This Summer

An MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter conducts underway operations with an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter and the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) on June 28, 2018. The new Fire Scout variant is expected to deploy with the LCS class to provide reconnaissance, situational awareness, and precision targeting support. US Navy photo.

The Navy completed a comprehensive Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) for the MQ-8C Fire Scout, proving that the unmanned helicopter can work with a Littoral Combat Ship to identify targets and gather intelligence in support of surface warfare. Read More

USNS Carson City Proves EPFs Can Conduct MCM Work, Handle Harsh North Atlantic Weather

USNS Carson City Proves EPFs Can Conduct MCM Work, Handle Harsh North Atlantic Weather

The Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Carson City (T-EPF 7), right, maneuvers alongside a Norwegian vessel during BALTOPS 2018. US Navy photo.

The Navy continues to expand its uses for the Expeditionary Fast Transport class of ships, as USNS Carson City (T-EPF-7) last month conducted the first high-latitude operations and the first mine countermeasures mission for the ship class. Read More