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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Swedes Call Off Search For Mystery Submarine

Swedes Call Off Search For Mystery Submarine

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Swedish Navy Visby-class corvette

Swedish Navy Visby-class corvette

The Swedish Navy has called off a week-long search for a suspected submersible in Swedish territorial waters after an assessment, “that the [vessel] that violated our waters has now left,” said Rear Adm. Anders Grenstad told reporters on Friday. Read More

Russian Foreign Minister: No Need for NATO in the Arctic

Russian Foreign Minister: No Need for NATO in the Arctic

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USS New Mexico (SSN 779) surfaces through the arctic ice during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2014. US Navy Photo

USS New Mexico (SSN 779) surfaces through the arctic ice during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2014. US Navy Photo

There were no emerging problems in Arctic that require NATO involvement and, “moreover, there are no problems there which demand military decisions,” Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said in a foreign policy lecture on Monday. Read More

Memo: Hull Based on San Antonio Design is Navy's Preferred Option for Next Generation Amphib

Memo: Hull Based on San Antonio Design is Navy’s Preferred Option for Next Generation Amphib

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USS Arlington (LPD-24) under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls Industries Photo

USS Arlington (LPD-24) under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls Industries Photo

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has signed an internal memo recommending the service base its next generation amphibious warship (LX(R)) on the existing San Antonio-class (LPD-17) warship design, first reported by the Inside the Navy newsletter on Monday. Read More

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