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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Navy's Next Large Surface Combatant Will Draw From DDG-51, DDG-1000 -- But Don't Call it a Destroyer Yet

Navy’s Next Large Surface Combatant Will Draw From DDG-51, DDG-1000 — But Don’t Call it a Destroyer Yet

Artist’s concept of a DDG-51 Flight III with AMDR. Raytheon Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy will buy the first of its Future Surface Combatants in 2023 – a large warship that will be built to support the Arleigh Burke Flight III combat system and will pull elements from the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG-51) and Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) destroyer designs. Read More

Top Gun: Maverick Will Likely Feature F-35C Joint Strike Fighters

Top Gun: Maverick Will Likely Feature F-35C Joint Strike Fighters

An F-35C Lightning II assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 is positioned on the bow catapults of the Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) March 17, 2018, in the Atlantic Ocean. US Navy photo

Hollywood’s latest take on naval aviation, Top Gun: Maverick, will likely pair the Navy’s new Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters alongside older Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, in the sequel to the 1986 blockbuster. Read More

VIDEO: F-35Cs Operating in First Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Air Wing Test Aboard USS Abraham Lincoln

VIDEO: F-35Cs Operating in First Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Air Wing Test Aboard USS Abraham Lincoln

An F-35C Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter prepares to launch from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Monday during operations in the Atlantic. USNI News Photo

ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, IN THE ATLANTIC – The Navy’s F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter has been incorporated into a carrier air wing’s cyclic flight operations for the first time alongside aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 7. Read More

Navy Calls off Search for Missing USS Lake Erie Sailor; Family Identifies as Lt. j.g. Asante McCalla

Navy Calls off Search for Missing USS Lake Erie Sailor; Family Identifies as Lt. j.g. Asante McCalla

Ensign Asante McCalla from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) works with Sri Lankan Marines to repair levees in Matara, Sri Lanka, June 12, 2017, during humanitarian assistance operations in the wake of severe flooding and landslides that devastated many regions of the country. US Navy photo.

The Navy called off the search for a sailor who went missing from cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70) earlier this week. Read More

Navy Battle Force Tally Dips By 2, After New Ship-Counting Rules Postpone Zumwalt Destroyers

Navy Battle Force Tally Dips By 2, After New Ship-Counting Rules Postpone Zumwalt Destroyers

The U.S. Navy’s newest warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) passes Coronado bridge on its way to Naval Base San Diego. Zumwalt is the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers, now homeported in San Diego. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include an Aug. 22 statement by the Navy.

When the president signed the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act last week, most of the contents of the 788 pages of legislation would take some time to go into effect.

But one thing happened right away: the Navy’s count of deployable battle force ships dropped by two. Read More

Navy, Coast Guard Searching for Sailor Missing from USS Lake Erie

Navy, Coast Guard Searching for Sailor Missing from USS Lake Erie

USS Lake Erie (CG 70) participates in a group sail during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise off the coast of Hawaii, July 26. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information. It has also been corrected to note that USS Lake Erie is supporting the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group training but is not part of the CSG.

A sailor assigned to cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70) has been declared missing after failing to report for duty. Read More