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: Investigation Into Jan. 8, 2014 Sea Dragon Crash

Document: Investigation Into Jan. 8, 2014 Sea Dragon Crash

MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14 conducts practice MK-105 mine countermeasure operations in the Chesapeake Bay in 2011. US Navy Photo

MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14 conducts practice MK-105 mine countermeasure operations in the Chesapeake Bay in 2011. US Navy Photo

The following is the Judge Advocate General investigation into the Jan. 8, 2014 MH-53E Sea Dragon crash near Virginia Beach, Va. The Sea Dragon assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 Vanguards (HM-14) based at Naval Station Norfolk. The report was released publicly on Sept. 11, 2014. Read More

HASC Cancels LCS Replacement Briefing Over Lack of Information

HASC Cancels LCS Replacement Briefing Over Lack of Information

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USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) conduct maneuvers during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) on July 11, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) conduct maneuvers during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) on July 11, 2014. US Navy Photo

The Navy continues to tightly control all of the details around the development of the follow-on to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to the point that the service isn’t telling Congress the results from its investigation to find a new Small Surface Combatant (SSC). Read More

Two PLA Pilots Have Died Testing Fighters for Chinese Carrier

Two PLA Pilots Have Died Testing Fighters for Chinese Carrier

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China's carrier Liaoning, PLAN Photo

An artists’s conception of China’s carrier, Liaoning. People’s Liberation Army Navy Image

At least two People’s Liberation Army Air Force pilots have died in testing jets slated to operate from the Chinese carrier Liaoning, according a little noticed report published by Chinese state-controlled media.

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