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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III MEF Commander Orders Operational Pause For Harriers In Okinawa After Crash

III MEF Commander Orders Operational Pause For Harriers In Okinawa After Crash

U.S. Navy flight deck aircraft controllers signal an AV-8B Harrier pilot during flight operations at sea aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), while underway as part of the 31st MEU and BHR Expeditionary Strike Group, Aug. 27, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Navy flight deck aircraft controllers signal an AV-8B Harrier pilot during flight operations at sea aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), while underway as part of the 31st MEU and BHR Expeditionary Strike Group, Aug. 27, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

All Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jets operating out of Okinawa, Japan, have been ordered to take an operational pause after a crash yesterday. Read More

Experts Advocate Harder Stance Against Illegal Claims In South China Sea

Experts Advocate Harder Stance Against Illegal Claims In South China Sea

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) conducts routine patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands as the People’s Liberation Army-Navy [PLA(N)] guided-missile frigate Yancheng (FFG 546) sails close behind, on May 11, 2015. US Navy photo.

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) conducts routine patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands as the People’s Liberation Army-Navy [PLA(N)] guided-missile frigate Yancheng (FFG 546) sails close behind, on May 11, 2015. US Navy photo.

Three South China Sea and maritime law experts advocated a tougher stance against illegal Chinese actions, calling for more freedom of navigation operations, possibly with regional allies, that are aimed at Chinese territorial claims that have not previously been challenged. Read More

USMC Harrier Crashes Near Okinawa; Pilot Safely Ejects, Rescued By Air Force

USMC Harrier Crashes Near Okinawa; Pilot Safely Ejects, Rescued By Air Force

An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to land aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), at sea, Aug. 27, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to land aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), at sea, Aug. 27, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

A Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier crashed about 100 nautical miles off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, today, and the pilot was rescued after safely ejecting from the plane. Read More

BAE Systems Completes First Production ACV, Will Display It At Modern Day Marine

BAE Systems Completes First Production ACV, Will Display It At Modern Day Marine

BAE Systems' first production Amphibious Combat Vehicle is attached to a turnover fixture in the welding facility to allow workers to comfortably weld all sides of the vehicle. BAE Systems photo.

BAE Systems’ first production Amphibious Combat Vehicle is attached to a turnover fixture in the welding facility to allow workers to comfortably weld all sides of the vehicle. BAE Systems photo.

YORK, Pa. — BAE Systems has completed its first Amphibious Combat Vehicle under an engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contract with the Marine Corps and will bring it to Marine Corps Base Quantico next week for display at the Modern Day Marine exposition. Read More

Amphib, Destroyer Pairing Seen In High-End Exercise, Current 6th Fleet Operations

Amphib, Destroyer Pairing Seen In High-End Exercise, Current 6th Fleet Operations

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilber (DDG 54) steams alongside amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the Philippine Sea Sept. 15 during a fueling at sea (FAS). US Navy photo.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilber (DDG-54) steams alongside amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) in the Philippine Sea Sept. 15 during a fueling at sea (FAS). US Navy photo.

As the Navy and Marine Corps work through a high-end warfighting exercise in the Pacific, which features a traditional three-ship amphibious ready group (ARG) operating with a guided-missile destroyer as a peek into future operations, a similar ship pairing is performing real-world missions in the Mediterranean today. Read More

PACFLEET Wants To Improve How Sub Tender Crews Are Used In Guam

PACFLEET Wants To Improve How Sub Tender Crews Are Used In Guam

Guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728) moors alongside submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) in Diego Garcia on Jan. 7, 2016. US Navy photo.

Guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728) moors alongside submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) in Diego Garcia on Jan. 7, 2016. US Navy photo.

HAMPTON, Va. – U.S. Pacific Fleet is looking to build up the skill level and workload of sailors assigned to the two submarine tenders in Guam, but the viability of any potential solutions with industry may hinge on decisions that have yet to be made, PACFLEET’s director of fleet maintenance said. Read More

New NAVSEA Commander's Intent: Complete Ship Maintenance On Time

New NAVSEA Commander’s Intent: Complete Ship Maintenance On Time

Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Kasey Ringwalda, a native of Dayton, Ore., uses a grinder to remove paint from deck station 11 on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently undergoing an extended planned incremental maintenance availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. US Navy Photo

Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Kasey Ringwalda, a native of Dayton, Ore., uses a grinder to remove paint from deck station 11 on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently undergoing an extended planned incremental maintenance availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. US Navy Photo

HAMPTON, VA. — New commander of Naval Sea Systems Command Vice Adm. Tom Moore said shipyards are nearing an opportunity to “reset” after struggling in recent years to get aircraft carriers and submarines out of availabilities on time, and he hopes the yards can take measures now to keep the next wave of availabilities on track. Read More