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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Stackley: Navy Plans to Refuel Carrier George Washington

Stackley: Navy Plans to Refuel Carrier George Washington

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An E/A-18G Growler from the Scorpions of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 flies by the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73).

An E/A-18G Growler from the Scorpions of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 flies by the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73).

This post has been updated to include a statement from Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.).

The U.S. Navy’s chief shipbuilder told Congress the service plans to reshuffle $7 billion in funds to refuel and maintain the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73). The fate of the carrier was an open question at the start of the year due to ongoing military funding pressures.

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Navy Moves More Patrol Craft to 5th Fleet

Navy Moves More Patrol Craft to 5th Fleet

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Cyclone-class coastal patrol ship USS Hurricane (PC-3) in 2012. US Navy Photo

Cyclone-class coastal patrol ship USS Hurricane (PC-3) in 2012. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy has sent two additional Cyclone-class patrol craft (PC) to U.S. 5th Fleet to increase U.S. naval presence in the Persian Gulf, U.S. Fleet Forces announced late Wednesday.

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Document: Navy Warning to Congress Over Nuclear Funding Cuts

Document: Navy Warning to Congress Over Nuclear Funding Cuts

The following is a July 7, 2014 letter from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and head of Naval Reactors Adm. John Richardson to Congress protesting $162 million in funding cuts to the Navy’s reactor program from the Fiscal Year 2015 National Nuclear Security Administration budget. Read More

Document: GAO Report on USS Freedom Deployment

Document: GAO Report on USS Freedom Deployment

USS Freedom (LCS-1) underway in August 2013. US Navy Photo

USS Freedom (LCS-1) underway in August 2013. US Navy Photo

The following is a the Government Accountability Office report, Deployment of USS Freedom Revealed Risks in Implementing Operational Concepts and Uncertain Costs. The report was released on July 8, 2014. Read More