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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Document: Report on Canada's Next Generation Fighter Capability

Document: Report on Canada’s Next Generation Fighter Capability

A two-seater CF-18 flies over the Parc des Laurentides en route to Valcartier firing range in 2012. Natonal Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces Photo

A two-seater CF-18 flies over the Parc des Laurentides en route to Valcartier firing range in 2012. Natonal Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces Photo

The following is the recently released 2014 report from the Canadian military on the country’s quest to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 Hornet fighters. Read More

U.S. and China Conduct Anti-Piracy Exercise

U.S. and China Conduct Anti-Piracy Exercise

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Visit, board, search and seizure team members pull alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104) to practice ship boarding. US Navy Photo

Visit, board, search and seizure team members pull alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104) to practice ship boarding. US Navy Photo

In a rare bilateral exercise, the U.S. and China conducted anti-piracy training off the pirate-prone Gulf of Aden, the Navy said in a Thursday statement. Read More

Up Gunned LCS Hulls Picked for Navy’s Next Small Surface Combatant

Up Gunned LCS Hulls Picked for Navy’s Next Small Surface Combatant

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A modified Littoral Combat Ship design based on the Lockheed Martin Freedom-class. US Navy Image

A modified Littoral Combat Ship design based on the Lockheed Martin Freedom-class. US Navy Image

PENTAGON — The Navy will beef up the weapons, armor and sensors on its two existing classes of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) in an answer to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s call for a tougher Small Surface Combatant (SSC), the Navy announced in a late Thursday briefing with reporters. Read More

Document: MCPON's Letter to U.S. Navy Chiefs

Document: MCPON’s Letter to U.S. Navy Chiefs

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens in Bahrain on Nov. 26, 2014. US Navy Photo

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens in Bahrain on Nov. 26, 2014. US Navy Photo

The following is a Dec. 4, 2014 letter from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens on the roles and responsible of U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officers. Read More

Russia Accepts Third Borei-class Boomer

Russia Accepts Third Borei-class Boomer

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The Borei-class Vladimir Monomakh submarine. 'Rubin' Central Design Bureau

The Borei-class Vladimir Monomakh submarine. ‘Rubin’ Central Design Bureau

The Russian Navy has accepted its third Project 955 Borei-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) ahead of a formal ceremony next week, according to Russian press reports. Read More

U.S. Navy Allowed to Use Persian Gulf Laser for Defense

U.S. Navy Allowed to Use Persian Gulf Laser for Defense

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Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS). US Navy Photo

Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS). US Navy Photo

PENTAGON — The U.S. Navy has declared an experimental laser weapon on its Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) in the Persian Gulf an operational asset and U.S. Central Command has given permission for the commander of the ship to defend itself with the weapon, the head of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) told reporters on Wednesday. Read More

Omnibus Spending Bill Includes Money for 15 Growlers, 12th San Antonio

Omnibus Spending Bill Includes Money for 15 Growlers, 12th San Antonio

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An EA-18G Growler from the "Shadowhawks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) in 2013 US Navy Photo

An EA-18G Growler from the “Shadowhawks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) in 2013 US Navy Photo

The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill from Congress includes $1.46 billion for 15 Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft and $1 billion to start work on a 12th San Antonio-class (LPD-17) amphibious warship, according to a summary of the bill released late Tuesday. Read More