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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Navy Names First Director of Unmanned Weapon Systems

Navy Names First Director of Unmanned Weapon Systems

Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, deputy commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses chief selects during a chief pinning ceremony at Hickam Officer's Club Lanai at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Sept. 16, 2015. US Navy Photo

Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, deputy commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses chief selects during a chief pinning ceremony at Hickam Officer’s Club Lanai at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Sept. 16, 2014. US Navy Photo

The Navy has named its first director of unmanned weapon systems to guide the development of the Navy’s future unmanned efforts in the air and on and under the sea, the Pentagon announced on Friday afternoon. Read More

Attack Boat John Warner Delivers to Navy

Attack Boat John Warner Delivers to Navy

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN-785) conducts sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean on June 9, 2015. US Navy Photo

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN-785) conducts sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean on June 9, 2015. US Navy Photo

The Navy has accepted the second Virginia-class (SSN-774) Block III nuclear attack submarine from Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding, the service announced on Thursday. Read More

Destroyer USS Milius Returns to San Diego After 8 Month Deployment

Destroyer USS Milius Returns to San Diego After 8 Month Deployment

USS Milius (DDG-69) returns to homeport Naval Base San Diego after an eight-month independent deployment to the western Pacific and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility in 2012. US Navy Photo

USS Milius (DDG-69) returns to homeport Naval Base San Diego after an eight-month independent deployment to the western Pacific and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility in 2012. US Navy Photo

The guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG-69) returned to Naval Station San Diego, Calif. on Thursday after a eight month deployment to the Middle East and the Western Pacific, the service announced. Read More

Surface Navy Concerned Reduced Destroyer Modernizations Will Increase Risk in Future Fights

Surface Navy Concerned Reduced Destroyer Modernizations Will Increase Risk in Future Fights

USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) conducts a flight test from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. US Navy Photo

USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) conducts a flight test from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s reduced combat system modernization schedule for its legacy Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers (DDG-51) puts the surface fleets ability to tackle ballistic missile defense (BMD) tasks — as well as protect high value ships like aircraft carriers — at risk, the service’s director of surface warfare told Congress. Read More