Sam LaGrone

About Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News.
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.


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Big Deck Amphib Wasp Completes Combat Systems Qualification, Will Deploy Next Summer After 11 Year Pause

Big Deck Amphib Wasp Completes Combat Systems Qualification, Will Deploy Next Summer After 11 Year Pause

USS Wasp (LHD 1) transits the Elizabeth River from BAE Systems Norfolk to Naval Station Norfolk. Wasp completed a year-long dry dock phased maintenance availability period which included upgrades to her combat systems, engineering spaces and flight deck on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Wasp (LHD 1) transits the Elizabeth River from BAE Systems Norfolk to Naval Station Norfolk. Wasp completed a year-long dry dock phased maintenance availability period which included upgrades to her combat systems, engineering spaces and flight deck on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

After more than ten years without deploying, the big deck amphibious warship USS Wasp (LHD-1) is ready to ship out to lead an amphibious ready group (ARG) deployment next summer, the Navy said on Thursday. Read More

New Chinese Nuclear Sub Design Includes Special Operations Mini-Sub

New Chinese Nuclear Sub Design Includes Special Operations Mini-Sub

A Computer generated image of a Type-93T or Shang-class nuclear attack submarine

A computer generated image of a Type-93T or Shang-class nuclear attack submarine

China’s latest nuclear submarine design appear to include a shelter capable of holding a miniature submarine for special operations forces (SOF) not unlike vehicles used to deliver Navy SEALs to shore from U.S. nuclear attack boats, according to an image in wide circulation in Chinese online networks. Read More

Japan Commissions Largest Warship Since World War II

Japan Commissions Largest Warship Since World War II

An undated photo of JS Izumo (DDH-183) underway. The ship commissioned on March 25, 2015. JMSDF Photo

An undated photo of JS Izumo (DDH-183) underway. The ship commissioned on March 25, 2015. JMSDF Photo

A 24,000-ton helicopter carrier has formally entered the fleet of Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) on Wednesday making the ship the largest warship Japan has fielded since the close of World War II. Read More

McCain Weighs in on UCLASS Debate, Current Navy Requirements ‘Strategically Misguided’

McCain Weighs in on UCLASS Debate, Current Navy Requirements ‘Strategically Misguided’

Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air Systems Demonstration (UCAS-D). US Navy Photo

Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air Systems Demonstration (UCAS-D). US Navy Photo

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) is calling on the Department of Defense and the Navy to develop a stealthy and lethal unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft, according to a Tuesday letter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter obtained by USNI News. Read More

Document: McCain Letter to SECDEF Carter on UCLASS

Document: McCain Letter to SECDEF Carter on UCLASS

The following is a March 24, 2015 letter from Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) chair Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS). Read More

NAVSEA: Fifth Joint High Speed Vessel Completes Acceptance Trials

NAVSEA: Fifth Joint High Speed Vessel Completes Acceptance Trials

USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) rolls out in preparation for launch at Austal USA shipyard on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) rolls out in preparation for launch at Austal USA shipyard on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

The fifth Joint High Speed Vessel has completed its acceptance trials ahead of a planned delivery to U.S. Military Sealift Command later this year, according to a Tuesday statement from Naval Sea Systems Command. Read More