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 to Congress on Navy Shipboard Lasers

Document: Report to Congress on Navy Shipboard Lasers

Laser Weapon System (LaWS) aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG-105) in San Diego, Calif. in 2012. US Navy Photo

Laser Weapon System (LaWS) aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG-105) in San Diego, Calif. in 2012. US Navy Photo

The following is the April, 1 2014 report from the Congressional Research Service, Navy Shipboard Lasers for Surface, Air and Missile Defense. Read More

Updated: Navy Unfunded Request for Carrier Refueling Removed

Updated: Navy Unfunded Request for Carrier Refueling Removed

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USS George Washington (CVN 73) is moored pier side in Yokosuka, Japan on Feb. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS George Washington (CVN 73) is moored pier side in Yokosuka, Japan on Feb. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

The headline and post have been updated to reflect comments from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

A $796 million line item that would go toward the refueling and overhaul of USS George Washington (CVN-73) was removed from the Navy’s unfunded requirements list, several sources confirmed to USNI News.

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Littoral Combat Ship Mission Packages Safe From Budget Axe For Now

Littoral Combat Ship Mission Packages Safe From Budget Axe For Now

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USS Independence (LCS 2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) on Aug. 22, 2013. The Navy plans to buy 18 RMMVs over the next five years. US Navy Photo

USS Independence (LCS 2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) on Aug. 22, 2013. The Navy plans to buy 18 RMMVs over the next five years. US Navy Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s mandate capping of the first variants of the Littoral Combat Ship at 32 hulls will do little to limit the acquisition of the mission packages for the Flight 0 LCS over the next five years, navy officials told USNI News last week. Read More

Document: Flag Officer Annoucements

Document: Flag Officer Annoucements

Rear Admiral (lower half) Robert E. Traister, USN (covered)

The following is a list of U.S. Navy flag officer announcements from the Pentagon, released this afternoon. The bulk of the list is comprised of Navy captains who are nominated for the rank of Rear Admiral. Read More

Former Vietnam POW and U.S. Senator Jeremiah Denton Dies at 89

Former Vietnam POW and U.S. Senator Jeremiah Denton Dies at 89

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Then Capt. Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr., from Virginia Beach, Virginia, arrives from Hanoi to Clark Air Force Base, Philippines in February 1973. U.S. Naval Institute Photo

Then Capt. Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr., from Virginia Beach, Virginia, arrives from Hanoi to Clark Air Force Base, Philippines in February 1973. U.S. Naval Institute Photo

The former U.S. Senator from Alabama, Navy admiral and Vietnam prisoner of war who blinked “T-O-R-T-U-R-E” in Morse Code to alert the world of abuse by his North Vietnamese captors, died on Friday. Read More

Navy to Decommission Fire Damaged USS Miami Today

Navy to Decommission Fire Damaged USS Miami Today

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USS Miami (SSN 755) enters dry dock to begin an engineered overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Maine. US Navy Photo

USS Miami (SSN-755) enters dry dock to begin an engineered overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Maine. US Navy Photo

The Navy will hold a formal decommissioning ceremony for USS Miami (SSN-755), the Los Angeles-class attack boat (SSN-688) that was damaged by arson in 2012. Read More