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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Adm. Swift: Pacific Fleet Should Both Train and Operate Forces

Adm. Swift: Pacific Fleet Should Both Train and Operate Forces

Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, delivers remarks during a change of command and retirement ceremony as Vice Adm. Nora W. Tyson prepares to relinquish command of U.S. 3rd Fleet. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet pushed back against recent discussions that he shouldn’t both prepare and operate ready forces and that force-generation should be concentrated at U.S. Fleet Forces Command on the East Coast. Read More

Truman Strike Group to Train with Norwegian Frigate, Deploy with German Frigate

Truman Strike Group to Train with Norwegian Frigate, Deploy with German Frigate

German Navy frigate FGS Hessen (F 221) approaches Pier 5 at Naval Station Norfolk on Jan. 28, 2018. Hessen is currently moored preparing for the ship’s participation in the Harry S. Truman Strike Group composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). US Navy photo.

A Norwegian and a German frigate are in Norfolk now to join the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) beginning this week, with the German ship remaining with the CSG during its upcoming overseas deployment. Read More

CNO Richardson: Navy Needs 6 Elements to Create 'Whole' Fleet

CNO Richardson: Navy Needs 6 Elements to Create ‘Whole’ Fleet

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson addresses the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) Dec. 30, 2017. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson wants to expand how lawmakers, the public and the service think about the U.S. Navy by focusing on a six-pronged approach to achieving and maintaining U.S. naval power. Read More

Neller: Marine Corps Needs Budget Stability for Efficient Multiyear Deals, Recruiting

Neller: Marine Corps Needs Budget Stability for Efficient Multiyear Deals, Recruiting

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller speaks to Marines with School of Infantry West, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 26, 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ongoing continuing resolutions and budget uncertainty are hampering the Marine Corps’ ability to buy new equipment efficiently and bring in new recruits to increase the size of the force, the commandant said today. Read More

Navy: USS Little Rock Sidelined by Ice; Not Suffering Engineering Casualty

Navy: USS Little Rock Sidelined by Ice; Not Suffering Engineering Casualty

USS Little Rock (LCS-9) approaches Montreal on Dec. 24, 2017, for a port visit. The ship is currently stuck in Montreal due to icy conditions in the St. Lawrence River and a shortage of icebreaking tugs. Photo courtesy USS Little Rock Blue Crew – Warhawgs Facebook page.

Newly commissioned Littoral Combat Ship USS Little Rock (LCS-9) is stuck indefinitely in Montreal due to extreme winter weather and an icy St. Lawrence River, and the Navy denies rumors the ship is sidelined with an engineering casualty. Read More

Navy FY 2019 Budget Request Will Include a 30-Year Shipbuilding Plan

Navy FY 2019 Budget Request Will Include a 30-Year Shipbuilding Plan

A crane moves the lower stern into place on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) at Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va. The second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier is now 50 percent structurally complete. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – Next month’s Pentagon budget request to Congress will include a 30-year shipbuilding plan, Navy leadership said today. Read More

Navy, Congress Looking to Clarify Command and Control of U.S. Pacific Fleet

Navy, Congress Looking to Clarify Command and Control of U.S. Pacific Fleet

The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), left, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. US Navy photo.

CAPITOL HILL – The Navy and lawmakers are considering how to clarify the chain of command for forward-deployed surface forces to ensure future readiness and accountability while service leadership insists it has done a sufficient job holding accountable those who contributed to last year’s fatal destroyer collisions. Read More