Sam LaGrone

About Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.


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North Korean Cargo Ship Sold to Compensate Families of Regime's Victims  

North Korean Cargo Ship Sold to Compensate Families of Regime’s Victims  

Undated photo of M/V Wise Honest. DoJ Photo

A North Korean cargo ship seized by U.S. authorities in May has been sold and is now undertow from American Samoa, the Coast Guard announced The 17,061-ton, single-hull bulk carrier M/V Wise Honest was sold on orders of a U.S. federal judge to compensate the families of victims of the North Korean regime – Otto Warmbier and Kim Dong-shik. Read More

Carrier Ford Will Likely Have Only Two Weapon Elevators Ready When it Leaves Shipyard

Carrier Ford Will Likely Have Only Two Weapon Elevators Ready When it Leaves Shipyard

Sailors go over safety procedures for the Upper Stage 1 advanced weapons aboard USS Gearld R. Ford (CVN-78). US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional information from the Navy.

Later this month, USS Gerald Ford (CVN-78) will depart Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding, cross the James River and report pier-side to Naval Station Norfolk, Va. The carrier will then begin preparation for an anticipated deployment in 2021. Read More

Nimitz Sailor Dies After Fall From Aircraft Carrier

Nimitz Sailor Dies After Fall From Aircraft Carrier

Logistics Specialist Seaman Juan José Garcia-Herrera. US Navy Photo

This post will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

A sailor assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN-68) died over the weekend following a fall aboard the aircraft carrier, a Navy spokesperson told USNI News on Monday. Read More

Lockheed Martin Secures $2.7B NASA Contract for Orion Space Capsules

Lockheed Martin Secures $2.7B NASA Contract for Orion Space Capsules

Sailors from amphibious transport dock USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) and NASA personnel retrieve a Boilerplate Test Article on Nov. 1, 2018 during an Underway Recovery Test (URT). US Navy Photo

NASA has committed to buy three new Orion capsules that will include the spacecraft that will carry the next U.S. astronauts to the moon, the agency announced on Monday. Read More

USNI News Video: Navy Asks Civilians to Solve Persistent Problems in Weekend Hack-A-Thon

USNI News Video: Navy Asks Civilians to Solve Persistent Problems in Weekend Hack-A-Thon

A team of participants working on the high-pressure air compressor during Hack the Machine competition at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City on Sept. 7, 2019. US Navy Photo

NEW YORK – Two years ago, the Navy invited a group of civilian data experts to study how the service could better predict maintenance on surface ships. A short time into the exercise at MIT, a major problem popped up – the data was bad. Read More