Megan Eckstein

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Megan Eckstein is the former deputy editor for USNI News.


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Senate Confirms Aquilino to Serve as Next INDO-PACOM Commander

Senate Confirms Aquilino to Serve as Next INDO-PACOM Commander

Adm. John Aquilino, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, speaks with 13 other heads of navies or their representatives from allied and partner nations throughout the Indo-Pacific region during a virtual key leader engagement to discuss outlooks and perspectives in this COVID-19 environment on Sept. 23, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Senate today voted to confirm Adm. John Aquilino as the new head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. Read More

Submarine Industrial Base Under Strain as Virginia-Class Parts Wearing Out Early; Implications For Columbia-Class

Submarine Industrial Base Under Strain as Virginia-Class Parts Wearing Out Early; Implications For Columbia-Class

Virginia-class submarine USS Vermont (SSN-792) as she returns home to Submarine Base New London on Thursday, on Dec. 24, 2020. US Navy Photo

Some parts on Virginia-class attack boats are wearing out faster than the Navy anticipated 20 years ago, and buying replacement parts is further straining a nuclear submarine industrial base that’s already juggling an expansion of construction of new hulls and maintaining the current fleet.

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Navy Kicks Off First Fleet Exercise Focused On Role of Unmanned Systems

Navy Kicks Off First Fleet Exercise Focused On Role of Unmanned Systems

U.S. Navy leaders observe a demonstration in the combat information center aboard Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) on Naval Base San Diego, April 16 during the Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem 21 (UxS IBP 21) Distinguished Visitor Day. U.S. Pacific Fleet’s UxS IBP 21, April 19-26, integrates manned and unmanned capabilities into the most challenging operational scenarios to generate warfighting advantages. US Navy photo.

The Navy today kicked off its first-ever exercise using manned and unmanned systems together in the air and the sea, in a first test of what a future hybrid fleet of crewed and uncrewed vessels could look like. Read More

Marines Begin Experimentation to Refine Manual for Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations

Marines Begin Experimentation to Refine Manual for Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Brian W. Nickerson, a platoon commander with Battalion Landing Team 3/4, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), sets security with his Marines during a raid on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 1, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps has released the first version of its Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations manual and is kicking off a two-year process of near-constant experimentation and analysis to help refine the document before it becomes formal doctrine. Read More

VIDEO: Navy Decommissions USS Bonhomme Richard In San Diego Waterfront Ceremony

VIDEO: Navy Decommissions USS Bonhomme Richard In San Diego Waterfront Ceremony

Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Three, and Capt. G. S. Thoroman, commanding officer, amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), salute the ensign for colors during a decommissioning ceremony for Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego on April 14, 2021. US Navy Photo

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) was decommissioned today, 22 years into a 40-year expected service life, following a fire last summer on the amphibious assault ship that damaged the island and flight deck beyond affordable repair. Read More

Navy Developing Land-Based Unmanned Vehicle Testing Sites as Early Design Work Continues

Navy Developing Land-Based Unmanned Vehicle Testing Sites as Early Design Work Continues

Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV) prototype Sea Hunter pulls into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Oct. 31, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Navy is making arrangements for land-based testing of its Medium Unmanned Surface Vessel prototype and eyeing similar plans for its Large USV, as the sea service tries to get Congress on board with its plans to rapidly field unmanned vehicles in all domains to create a hybrid manned-unmanned force. Read More

Navy Software Factory, The Forge, Wants to Reshape How Ships Get Upgraded

Navy Software Factory, The Forge, Wants to Reshape How Ships Get Upgraded

The Forge software factory was set up in Riverdale, Md. — just off the University of Maryland College Park campus — in March 2021 to begin using a rapid software development and testing approach to bring maintenance fixes and new capabilities to the fleet. USNI News photo.

RIVERDALE, Md. – The Navy’s potential enemies are quickly increasing the size and sophistication of their fleets, which means the Navy needs to move faster too in bringing in new capabilities. Read More

Navy Installing More Directed Energy Weapons on DDGs, Conducting Land-Based Laser Testing This Year

Navy Installing More Directed Energy Weapons on DDGs, Conducting Land-Based Laser Testing This Year

Artist’s concept of a HELIOS laser system aboard a U.S. destroyer. Lockheed Martin Image

RIVERDALE, Md. – The Navy continues to learn more about a pair of directed energy weapons, as the service installs the fourth and fifth dazzler system this year and begins land-based testing of a high-energy laser weapon, the program executive officer for integrated warfare systems told USNI News. Read More

UPDATED: Active-Duty Sailor Killed After Shooting 2 Adults in Frederick, Md., Navy Confirms

UPDATED: Active-Duty Sailor Killed After Shooting 2 Adults in Frederick, Md., Navy Confirms

Fort Detrick officials opened the new Nallin Farm Gate to the workforce and public on April 10, 2015. US Army photo.

This post has been updated to include additional information.

An active-duty sailor shot two Navy personnel today in Frederick, Md., before driving to a nearby Army installation and being killed by security there, Navy and local police officials said. Read More