Sam LaGrone

About Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the USNI Online Editor at the U.S. Naval Institute.
He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. In his role he covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
Sam is a 2003 graduate of Virginia Military Institute.


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Navy Lights Off Zumwalt Generators

Navy Lights Off Zumwalt Generators

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Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Zumwalt (DDG-1000) pierside at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine on April 12, 2013. US Naval Institute Photo

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Zumwalt (DDG-1000) pierside at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine on April 12, 2013. US Naval Institute Photo

The Navy has started the massive gas turbines in its latest class of guided missile destroyer ahead of the ship’s commissioning next year, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced on Thursday. Read More

Nuclear Work Suspended at Norfolk Naval Shipyard Following Two Handling Incidents

Nuclear Work Suspended at Norfolk Naval Shipyard Following Two Handling Incidents

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USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) undergoing a scheduled docking planned incremental availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Aug. 26, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) undergoing a scheduled docking planned incremental availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Aug. 26, 2014. US Navy Photo

The Navy has temporarily suspended nuclear work at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Va. (NNSY) following two lapses in handling potentially contaminated material, officials with the yard told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

Updated: Norwegian Missile Test On Littoral Combat Ship Successful

Updated: Norwegian Missile Test On Littoral Combat Ship Successful

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The Sept. 23, 2014 test of the Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile onboard USS Coronado (LCS-4). US Navy Photo

The Sept. 23, 2014 test of the Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile onboard USS Coronado (LCS-4). US Navy Photo

This post has been updated from an earlier version to include a statement from Naval Sea Systems Command.

A Tuesday test of the Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile on Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Coronado (LCS-4) was deemed a success and could pave the way to expand the anti-surface weapons portfolio of U.S. Navy’s surface ships. Read More

Chinese Ships in Iran for Joint Exercises

Chinese Ships in Iran for Joint Exercises

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PLAN ship Type 052C Luyang II destroyer Changchun enters the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas on Sept. 20, 2014. Fars News Agency

PLAN ship Type 052C Luyang II destroyer Changchun enters the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas on Sept. 20, 2014. Fars News Agency

A Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) guided missile destroyer and frigate have docked in Iran on Saturday ahead of a series of bilateral exercises, according to Iranian and Chinese press reports. Read More

Ship Used to Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons Returns to U.S.

Ship Used to Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons Returns to U.S.

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A helicopter approaches the container ship MV Cape Ray (T-AKR 9679) in the Mediterranean Sea to drop off cargo Aug. 4, 2014. US Navy Photo

A helicopter approaches the container ship MV Cape Ray (T-AKR 9679) in the Mediterranean Sea to drop off cargo Aug. 4, 2014. US Navy Photo

The ship put into swift service to destroy the chemical weapons of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has returned to Norfolk, Va. after eight months at sea, an official at the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

Pentagon: Foggo Tapped to Lead U.S. 6th Fleet

Pentagon: Foggo Tapped to Lead U.S. 6th Fleet

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Rear Adm. James G. Foggo III in 2011 when he was 6th Fleet deputy commander. US Navy Photo

Rear Adm. James G. Foggo III in 2011 when he was 6th Fleet deputy commander. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s current assistant deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy (N3/N5) has been nominated to take command of U.S. naval forces operating in Europe and Africa, according to a Wednesday release from the Pentagon. Read More