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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Lockheed, Coast Guard Tackling Problem of Arctic Communication

Lockheed, Coast Guard Tackling Problem of Arctic Communication

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Amy Sun, an advanced program lead for Lockheed-Martin, adjusts a UHF antenna aboard USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) while underway near Alaska on Aug. 10, 2014.

Amy Sun, an advanced program lead for Lockheed-Martin, adjusts a UHF antenna aboard USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) while underway near Alaska on Aug. 10, 2014.

Most naval tasks in the Arctic has always been difficult — and not just because of the cold. The region is one of the least charted int he world and the infrastructure is limited. Read More

Navy Expels 34 Sailors in Nuclear Cheating Scandal

Navy Expels 34 Sailors in Nuclear Cheating Scandal

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moored training ship Daniel Webster (MTS-626) begins its tow from Norfolk Naval Shipyard to Charleston, S.C. on 21 August 2012. US Navy Photo

The moored training ship Daniel Webster (MTS-626) begins its tow from Norfolk Naval Shipyard to Charleston, S.C. on 21 August 2012. More than 70 sailors assigned to the training ship had cheated on engineering watch stander exams. US Navy Photo

A Navy investigation of a seven-year long cheating ring in one of its most renowned training schools has resulted in the expulsion of 34 sailors from the Navy and another 10 sailors remain under investigation, the service announced today. Read More

Document: CNO Greenert's Latest Navigation Plan

Document: CNO Greenert’s Latest Navigation Plan

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks to sailors, civilians and families during an all-hands call in the "Wash Rack" hangar bay at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on Aug. 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks to sailors, civilians and families during an all-hands call in the “Wash Rack” hangar bay at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on Aug. 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

The following is Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert latest addition of the U.S. Navy’s “Navigation Plan,” released this week. Read More

NAVAIR ‘On the Precipice’ of Releasing UCLASS RFP, Pentagon Review Set For Sept. 10

NAVAIR ‘On the Precipice’ of Releasing UCLASS RFP, Pentagon Review Set For Sept. 10

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X-47B tail number 501 flies over USS Theodore Roosevelt on Aug. 17, 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

X-47B tail number 501 flies over USS Theodore Roosevelt on Aug. 17, 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is “on the precipice,” of releasing a final restricted request for proposal (RFP) for its surveillance intensive unmanned carrier-based air vehicle (UAV), NAVAIR’s head of unmanned aviation told reporters on Sunday in Norfolk, Va.

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NAVSEA: North Dakota Attack Boat Investigation Complete

NAVSEA: North Dakota Attack Boat Investigation Complete

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North Dakota (SSN 784) is rolled out of an indoor shipyard facility at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. US Navy Photo

North Dakota (SSN 784) is rolled out of an indoor shipyard facility at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. US Navy Photo

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has concluded an investigation into questionable third party components of its latest Virginia-class attack boat — North Dakota (SSN-784) — clearing the way for the submarine to commission in late October, NAVSEA told USNI News on Thursday. Read More