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.


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Navy Completes Sea Trials on ESB-5 Miguel Keith, After 2018 Shipyard Accident Delayed Construction

Navy Completes Sea Trials on ESB-5 Miguel Keith, After 2018 Shipyard Accident Delayed Construction

The future USNS Miguel Keith (ESB 5) departs General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. shipyard in San Diego, Calif. During the weeklong acceptance trials, the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey conducted comprehensive tests to demonstrate and evaluate the performance of all of the ship’s major systems. NASSCO photo.

The Navy wrapped up sea trials on its newest Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB), the future Miguel Keith (ESB-5), after a 2018 shipyard accident and damage to the hull. Read More

CNO Gilday to Release First Planning Guidance Soon, After Visiting Sailors Around the Globe

CNO Gilday to Release First Planning Guidance Soon, After Visiting Sailors Around the Globe

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Sailors during a ship visit aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) on Sept. 26 in San Diego, Calif. Gilday and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russell Smith visited Sailors and engaged with leadership during their tour of the ship. US Navy photo.

The new chief of naval operations will soon release his first document outlining his vision for the Navy, after spending the last two months listening to admirals and deckplate sailors alike about readiness and manpower issues. Read More

Pentagon Hasn't Extended Carrier Lincoln Deployment as More Troops Headed to Saudi Arabia

Pentagon Hasn’t Extended Carrier Lincoln Deployment as More Troops Headed to Saudi Arabia

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) transits the Arabian Sea on Sept. 22, 2019. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has not extended the deployment of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group even in the midst of what the Pentagon described as a buildup of forces in Saudi Arabia to defend U.S. forces and interests against Iranian aggression, a Defense Department spokesman told USNI News. Read More

CBO: Navy's Next Nuclear Attack Submarine Could Cost $5.5B a Hull

CBO: Navy’s Next Nuclear Attack Submarine Could Cost $5.5B a Hull

Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN-780) on May 31, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s next-generation attack submarine program may cost $69 billion more than the service is planning to spend, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate released this week, creating a major delta between the Navy’s long-term shipbuilding cost estimates and CBO’s. Read More

Navy's FY 2019 Contracting Showed Efficiency Improvements, CR May Hamper Progress

Navy’s FY 2019 Contracting Showed Efficiency Improvements, CR May Hamper Progress

Members of the NAVSUP WSS On-Time Delivery Team meet to discuss issues that may be delaying the completion of current contracts. US Navy Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Navy put more money on contract with less effort from its personnel in Fiscal Year 2019, the service’s acquisition chief said today, showing that the service is moving in the right direction in fielding new capabilities more efficiently. Read More

Berger: Marine 2030 Force Design Is Nearly Complete; Concepts Now Being Modeled, Tested

Berger: Marine 2030 Force Design Is Nearly Complete; Concepts Now Being Modeled, Tested

Gen. David H. Berger, commandant of the Marine Corps, gives a speech to Marines at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 28. US Marine Corps photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marine Corps is nearly done drawing out what its 2030 force will look like, and the service will spend the next month or so doing a significant amount of modeling and simulation to ensure they’ve got it right, the commandant said. Read More

Berger: Marines Focused on China in Developing New Way to Fight in the Pacific

Berger: Marines Focused on China in Developing New Way to Fight in the Pacific

Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Maritime Raid Force prepare to board the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) from a Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) on June 23, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Marine Corps continues its drive to become a more agile and maritime-focused force that can respond to tensions quickly and buy decision space for military leaders and diplomats, the commandant said. Read More

Admiral: U.S. Needs More Ships in Europe to Counter Growing Russian Threats

Admiral: U.S. Needs More Ships in Europe to Counter Growing Russian Threats

Lt. j.g. Melissa Jock observes a replenishment-at-sea between the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE) and the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on May 10, 2018. US Navy Photo

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The head of Naval Forces Europe is making a pitch for more ships to provide presence, training and crisis response capability in his area of the world, even as tensions are rising globally. Read More