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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Destroyer Williams Triad Found Guilty of ‘Dereliction of Duty,’ CMC Was ‘Drunk and Disorderly’

Destroyer Williams Triad Found Guilty of ‘Dereliction of Duty,’ CMC Was ‘Drunk and Disorderly’

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May 31, 2014 photo of Cmdr. Curtis B. Calloway, Command Master Chief Travis Biswell and Cmdr. Ed Handley from the ship's ombudsman Facebook page.

May 31, 2014 photo of Cmdr. Curtis B. Calloway, Command Master Chief Travis Biswell and Cmdr. Ed Handley from the ship’s ombudsman Facebook page.

The leadership triad of the guided missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) has all been found guilty of dereliction of duty in a non-judicial punishment hearing before Capt. Fred Pyle, commander of Destroyer Squadron 2 (DESRON 2), on Thursday, U.S. Fleet Forces Officials told USNI News. Read More

USS Cole to Enter Black Sea On Friday

USS Cole to Enter Black Sea On Friday

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USS Cole (DDG 67) makes preparations for getting underway after a scheduled port visit to Haifa, Israel on Sept. 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Cole (DDG-67) makes preparations for getting underway after a scheduled port visit to Haifa, Israel on Sept. 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. is sending the guided missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67)into the Black Sea on Friday as part of an ongoing presence mission in the region since Russia seized the Crimea region of Ukraine in March. Read More

100 Marines to Liberia by Thursday as Part of U.S. Ebola Response

100 Marines to Liberia by Thursday as Part of U.S. Ebola Response

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U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response board an MV-22B tiltrotor Osprey travelling to Tifnit Military Instillation, Morocco, April 3, 2014. AFRICOM Photo

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response board an MV-22B tiltrotor Osprey travelling to Tifnit Military Instillation, Morocco, April 3, 2014. AFRICOM Photo

PENTAGON — U.S. Africa Command is deploying 100 U.S. Marines to Liberia to establish an interim air support for Ebola relief operations ahead of additional Army troops from the 101st Airborne Division due by the end of the month, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters in a Wednesday press briefing. Read More

SOUTHCOM Commander: Ebola Outbreak in Central America Could Cause Mass Migration to U.S.

SOUTHCOM Commander: Ebola Outbreak in Central America Could Cause Mass Migration to U.S.

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Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, center, commander of U.S. Southern Command, speaks with Adm. Sigifrido Pared Perez, Dominican Republic minister of defense, in Barahona, Dominican Republic on June 9, 2014. SOUTHCOM Photo

Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, center, commander of U.S. Southern Command, speaks with Adm. Sigifrido Pared Perez, Dominican Republic minister of defense, in Barahona, Dominican Republic on June 9, 2014. SOUTHCOM Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The head of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) warned an Ebola outbreak in Central America or the Caribbean could trigger a mass migration to the U.S. of people fleeing the disease and implied established Central American illegal trafficking networks could introduce the infected into the U.S., during remarks at a Tuesday panel on security issues in the Western Hemisphere at the National Defense University. Read More

Fleet Forces Swap Truman and Eisenhower Carrier Deployments

Fleet Forces Swap Truman and Eisenhower Carrier Deployments

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Tugboats guide the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) from her dry dock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard to a nearby pier in August. US Navy Photo

Tugboats guide the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) from her dry dock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard to a nearby pier in August. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is swapping the order of planned deployments for carriers USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), U.S. Fleet Forces officials told USNI News on Monday. Read More