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. He has 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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3 Virginia Attack Submarines Still Restricted as NAVSEA Investigates Questionable Welding, Rest of Fleet Cleared

3 Virginia Attack Submarines Still Restricted as NAVSEA Investigates Questionable Welding, Rest of Fleet Cleared

150801-EO381-162 NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 1, 2015) Sailors man the rails of USS John Warner (SSN-785) at Naval Station Norfolk on Aug. 1, 2015. US Navy Photo

150801-EO381-162 NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 1, 2015) Sailors man the rails of USS John Warner (SSN-785) at Naval Station Norfolk on Aug. 1, 2015. US Navy Photo

Naval Sea Systems Command has isolated a series of questionable welds to the Navy’s three newest Virginia-class attack boats and has cleared the rest of the fleet for normal operation, a NAVSEA spokeswoman told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

Hospital Ship USNS Mercy, JHSV USNS Millinocket Visit Vietnam

Hospital Ship USNS Mercy, JHSV USNS Millinocket Visit Vietnam

Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits at anchor upon its arrival off the coast of Da Nang, Vietnam on Aug. 17, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits at anchor upon its arrival off the coast of Da Nang, Vietnam on Aug. 17, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

The San Diego-based hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) and the Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV-3) are in Da Nang, Vietnam this week as part of a humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR) exercises. Read More

CNO Greenert: Ohio Replacement Program First in a List of U.S. Nuclear Needs

CNO Greenert: Ohio Replacement Program First in a List of U.S. Nuclear Needs

150805-N-AT895-015 WASHINGTON (Aug. 5, 2015) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens hold an all-hands call with members of the N2/N6 directorate at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)

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WASHINGTON (Aug. 5, 2015) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens hold an all-hands call with members of the N2/N6 directorate at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)

While the Navy has spent much of the last few years strategizing on how it will come up with the money for the $100 billion replacement for the Ohio nuclear ballistic missile submarine without sacrificing its shipbuilding budget, the dozen planned boomers are the first of several 1970s and 1980s era nuclear strategic weapon systems that need to be recapitalized, outgoing Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said on Monday. Read More