The Newport Navalog, a source for news and information at Naval Station Newport since 1944, has ceased publication of its bi-weekly newspaper.

It’s been a month of changes for local newspapers, last week both The Block Island Times and Jamestown Press announced they had been sold.

Capt. Dennis R.D. Boyer, Commanding Officer of Naval Station Newport, announced in the December 4th, 2015 edition of The Newport Navalog “that effective Dec. 18, 2015, the Navy in
Newport will no longer have a hard-copy weekly publication to share news, information and opportunities about our base.”

The Newport Navalog has been published since 1944. (Photo via Naval Station Newport)

A hard-copy publication to share news, information and opportunities about the base actually started in 1901 with a monthly magazine entitle Our Navy Apprentice.

You can read the entire December 4th announcement from Captain Boyer that was published in The Newport Navalog here – The end of an era: Farewell to Navalog.

Captain Boyer cited that the decision to cease publication of The Newport Navalog was due to the fact that no publisher came forward to bid while they were seeking proposals to publish the paper.

Most recently, The Newport Navalog has been published weekly under written exclusive contract  by Edward A. Sherman Publishing Co., parent company of local print publication that includes The Newport Daily News, Newport Mercury and Newport Life Magazine.

Captain Boyer shared that this is just another transition and Naval Station Newport is working on finding a new way to provide the news and information that the base needs.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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