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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U.S. 7th Fleet CO: Japanese Patrols of South China Sea 'Makes Sense'

U.S. 7th Fleet CO: Japanese Patrols of South China Sea ‘Makes Sense’

USS Pinckney (DDG-91) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships near Guam on July 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Pinckney (DDG-91) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships near Guam on July 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include a quote from the Singapore’s minister for foreign affairs and law, K. Shanmugam.

The commander of U.S. 7th Fleet said Japan should start patrolling the South China Sea and said China’s claims in the region are resulting in, “unnecessary friction” with neighbors. Read More

Marines Receive First F-35C

Marines Receive First F-35C

An 2010 photo of a Navy F-35C.

A 2010 photo of a Navy F-35C.

The U.S. Marine Corps has taken delivery of its first carrier variant of the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), according to a release from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Read More

Chinese Carrier-On-Land Facility Adds Destroyer

Chinese Carrier-On-Land Facility Adds Destroyer

Recent Google Earth imagery of the carrier-on-land facility in Wuhan, China with the addition of a Type-55 guided missile destroyer mock-up. Google Earth Image.

Recent Google Earth imagery of the carrier-on-land facility in Wuhan, China with the addition of a Type-55 guided missile destroyer mock-up. Google Earth Image.

China has made several additions to its so-called carrier-on-land facility, including a mock-up of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) planned next generation guided missile destroyer, according to recent satellite imagery. Read More

USS Green Bay Ships Out for Japan

USS Green Bay Ships Out for Japan

 USS Green Bay (LPD 20) is moored at Naval Base Pt. Loma in preparation for a magnetic treatment (DEPERM) on Aug. 20, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Green Bay (LPD 20) is moored at Naval Base Pt. Loma in preparation for a magnetic treatment (DEPERM) on Aug. 20, 2014. US Navy Photo

Amphibious warship USS Green Bay (LPD-20) left Naval Station San Diego, Calif. on Monday to join the U.S. Navy’s forward deployed forces in Sasebo, Japan, according to the service. Read More