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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Swedish Navy Hunts for Mystery Underwater Object, Russia Denies Involvement

Swedish Navy Hunts for Mystery Underwater Object, Russia Denies Involvement

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Swedish Ministry Defense Handout Photo given to reporters on Saturday of the, “foreign underwater activity.”

Swedish Ministry Defense Handout Photo given to reporters on Saturday of the, “foreign underwater activity.”

Elements of the Swedish Navy spent the weekend searching for evidence of “foreign underwater activity,” following a Friday announcement from the Swedish Ministry of Defense, ahead of two days of naval maneuvers around the Stockholm archipelago.

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CNO Greenert: Navy Could Take New Look At ROTC Scholarship Mix

CNO Greenert: Navy Could Take New Look At ROTC Scholarship Mix

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Naval ROTC incoming midshipmen freshmen perform a facing movement during NROTC freshman orientation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Aug. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

Naval ROTC incoming midshipmen freshmen perform a facing movement during NROTC freshman orientation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Aug. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

The head of the U.S. Navy said that service might take a second look at the mix of scholarships it offers to Naval ROTC midshipmen in the next few years. Read More

Navy Moving Two Additional BMD Destroyers To Japan

Navy Moving Two Additional BMD Destroyers To Japan

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USS Benfold (DD 65) is at anchor off Koror, Republic of Palau in 2012. US Navy Photo

USS Benfold (DD 65) is at anchor off Koror, Republic of Palau in 2012. US Navy Photo

Two guided missile destroyers with the U.S. Navy’s latest ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems will be added to the service’s forward deployed forces in Japan by 2017, U.S. Pacific Fleet announced late Thursday. Read More

CNO Greenert: U.S. Navy Needs to Engage More With China

CNO Greenert: U.S. Navy Needs to Engage More With China

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Adm. Jonathan Greenert thanks People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Rear Adm. Sun Leng on July, 17 2014 in Dalian, China. US Navy Photo

Adm. Jonathan Greenert thanks People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Rear Adm. Sun Leng on July, 17 2014 in Dalian, China. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The key to a peaceful maritime future between China and the U.S. will be rooted in additional engagement between the countries’ navies. U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said at the CSIS and U.S. Naval Institute’s Maritime Security Dialogue on Tuesday. Read More

Russia: No Formal Refusal From France On Two Ship Mistral Deal

Russia: No Formal Refusal From France On Two Ship Mistral Deal

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Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

Despite strong language from the French President François Hollande, Russia has not received formal notification from France suspending or cancelling the $1.53 billion deal for two Mistral-class amphibious warship deal, Russian officials said on Tuesday. Read More

Five U.S. Ships Held In Philippines Following Alleged Murder

Five U.S. Ships Held In Philippines Following Alleged Murder

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USS Peleliu (LHA-5) is moored at Subic Bay, Philippines, for Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Peleliu (LHA 5) is moored at Subic Bay, Philippines, for Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

Five U.S. Navy ships are being held in the Philippines — following the alleged murder of a Philippine national in Subic Bay —on orders from U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Samuel Locklear. Read More

Two U.S. Ships in Black Sea, French Surveillance Ship Due Friday

Two U.S. Ships in Black Sea, French Surveillance Ship Due Friday

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USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) in 2011. US Military Sea Lift Command Photo

USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) in 2011. US Military Sea Lift Command Photo

The U.S. command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) entered the Black Sea on Saturday — a day after guided missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67) — bringing the total of American naval ships in the region to two, according on a release from U.S. 6th Fleet. Read More