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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Destroyers Continue to Prowl 4th Fleet As Coast Guard, Navy Rack Up $1B in Drug Seizures

Destroyers Continue to Prowl 4th Fleet As Coast Guard, Navy Rack Up $1B in Drug Seizures

USS Pinckney (DDG-91), with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team, conducts enhanced counter-narcotics operations on May 14, 2020. US Coast Guard

The Navy has had more warships operating in the Caribbean and the Eastern Pacific in the last three months than it has in the last five years, pushing the results of a U.S. effort to seize drugs at sea to all-time highs. Read More

Navy Sets Rules for Sailor Moves During Pandemic

Navy Sets Rules for Sailor Moves During Pandemic

Sailors render honors as the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) transits past the USS Arizona Memorial while pulling into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled port visit on Jan. 8, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy is working through a backlog of about 42,000 sailors and their families who have been in stuck in place after the end of a stop-movement order that froze the permanent change of station process for sailors, Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John Nowell told reporters on Thursday. Read More

Carrier Eisenhower, Cruiser Break At-Sea Record, While Navy Opens ‘Safe Haven’ Liberty Ports

Carrier Eisenhower, Cruiser Break At-Sea Record, While Navy Opens ‘Safe Haven’ Liberty Ports

An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron 131 prepares to launch from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on June 20, 2020. US Navy Photo

The crew of carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) has spent 161 days at sea while on station in the Middle East – breaking a record set during the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, according to the Navy. Read More

Bath Iron Works on Striking Union: ‘Ball is in Their Court’

Bath Iron Works on Striking Union: ‘Ball is in Their Court’

Streamers mix with falling snow during the christening of guided-missile destroyer Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) at the Bath Iron Works shipyard on April 1, 2017 in Bath, Maine. US Navy Photo

Management of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works told a local on-strike machinists union they are unwilling to budge on the latest contract that would allow temporary workers to help with the backlog of work to keep up with Navy shipbuilding schedules, according to letters sent to the union on Wednesday. Read More

VIDEO: First Operational Navy V-22 Arrives at New COD Squadron

VIDEO: First Operational Navy V-22 Arrives at New COD Squadron

The first CMV-22B Osprey assigned to Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30 lands at Naval Air Station North Island on June 22, 2020. US Navy Photo

The first of a new generation of aircraft that will ferry supplies and personnel on and off aircraft carriers arrived at the first operational squadron in California on Monday. Read More

Timeline: Theodore Roosevelt COVID-19 Outbreak Investigation

Timeline: Theodore Roosevelt COVID-19 Outbreak Investigation

The investigation of the COVID-19 outbreak on USS Theodore Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) outlined the chain of events that led to more than 1,200 sailors assigned to carrier contracting the virus, the removal of the commanding officer Capt. Brett Crozier and the eventual resignation of former acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly. Read More