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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VIDEO: Iran Shoots Down Navy Surveillance Drone in ‘Unprovoked Attack’

VIDEO: Iran Shoots Down Navy Surveillance Drone in ‘Unprovoked Attack’

An undated photo of RQ-4A BAMS-D flying over Maryland. Northrop Grumman photo.

This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. Air Forces Central Command and comments from President Trump.

A Navy high-altitude surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IRGC announced on Thursday. Read More

Analyst: New Photos Are 'Smoking Gun' Proving Iranian Involvement in Tanker Attack

Analyst: New Photos Are ‘Smoking Gun’ Proving Iranian Involvement in Tanker Attack

Imagery taken from a U.S. Navy MH-60R helicopter of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy removing an unexploded limpet mine from the M/T Kokuka Courageous.

New imagery released by the U.S. on Monday makes the strongest case yet that sectarian Iranian forces attacked at least one petrochemical tanker in the Gulf of Oman, a long-time naval analyst told USNI News on Monday. Read More

Two U.S. Warships in Gulf of Oman Supporting Damaged Tanker

Two U.S. Warships in Gulf of Oman Supporting Damaged Tanker

Sailors aboard USS Bainbridge (DDG-96) render aid to the crew of the M/V Kokuka Courageous on June 13, 2019 in the Gulf of Oman. US Navy Photo

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

Two U.S. guided-missile destroyers are aiding a merchant ship that was damaged in an alleged attack by Iranian sectarian forces on Thursday, U.S. 5th Fleet officials told USNI News on Friday. Read More

U.S. Releases Video of Alleged Gulf of Oman Tanker Attacks

U.S. Releases Video of Alleged Gulf of Oman Tanker Attacks

Screenshot of a US Navy video in which US Central Command claims Iranian forces are captured removing a limpet mine from Kokuka Courageous on June 13, 2019.

This post has been updated with a new statement from U.S. Central Command.

U.S. Central Command has released a video and photographs that officials say prove the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy attacked two merchant tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday. Read More

Death of Former 5th Fleet CO Stearney Ruled a Suicide

Death of Former 5th Fleet CO Stearney Ruled a Suicide

Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet aboard USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) on Oct. 24, 2018. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — The death of the former commander of U.S. Navy forces in the Middle East has been ruled a suicide, according to a February Navy report obtained by USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

Acting SECDEF Shanahan Reminds Pentagon to Stay Apolitical Following ‘McCain Situation’

Acting SECDEF Shanahan Reminds Pentagon to Stay Apolitical Following ‘McCain Situation’

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, meets Col. William Betts, 51st Fighter Wing commander, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 2, 2019. US Air Force Photo

The acting head of the Pentagon reminded active duty military and Defense Department civilians of the “apolitical nature of military service and professionalism,” according to two memos reviewed by USNI News. Read More

Remains of Marines Lost in KC-130J Crash off Japan Recovered

Remains of Marines Lost in KC-130J Crash off Japan Recovered

A U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 flies off the coast of Japan on Feb. 28, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

A salvage team recovered remains of Marines who were killed in a 2018 crash off the coast of Japan, III Marine Expeditionary Force said on Monday. Read More