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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Navy, DoD Conducting Parallel Reviews of OFRP

Navy, DoD Conducting Parallel Reviews of OFRP

Adm. Christopher Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command on Jan. 16, 2020. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. — U.S. fleet commanders are nearing the conclusion of two reviews into the efficacy of the Navy’s model for training, sustaining and deploying ships as the East Coast carrier force has struggled to meet demand. Read More

Navy Mulling Installing AN/SPY-6, Baseline 10 on Legacy Destroyers

Navy Mulling Installing AN/SPY-6, Baseline 10 on Legacy Destroyers

An artist’s conception of a Raytheon’s SPY-6 radar on a Flight III Arleigh Burke destroyer. Raytheon Image

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy is considering adding the AN/SPY-6 radar to legacy Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers along with the new Baseline 10 Aegis Combat System developed for the next-generation Flight III destroyers, service officials said on Wednesday. Read More

Three Allied Frigates Converge on East Coast Ahead of Eisenhower CSG Deployment

Three Allied Frigates Converge on East Coast Ahead of Eisenhower CSG Deployment

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French anti-submarine frigate FS Normandie (D651), Canadian Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec (FFH 332) and Royal Danish Navy frigate Iver Huitfeldt (F361)
USNI News Photos

A trio of allied frigates have arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., ahead of a January graduation exercise held before the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group deploys, USNI News has learned. Read More

Bataan ARG, 26 MEU Now Operating in the Middle East

Bataan ARG, 26 MEU Now Operating in the Middle East

USS Bataan (LHD-5) sails in the Atlantic Ocean during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) on Nov. 1, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

Amphib USS Bataan (LHD-5) is operating in the Red Sea as tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to simmer, USNI News has learned. Read More

Trump Calls on NATO to ‘Become More Involved’ in Middle East

Trump Calls on NATO to ‘Become More Involved’ in Middle East

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, senior White House advisors and senior military personnel, delivers remarks during a national televised address Wednesday on Jan. 8, 2020. White House Photo

President Donald Trump called on NATO “to become much more involved in the Middle East process,” during Wednesday remarks at the White House. Read More

U.S. Fleet Created to Counter Russian Subs Now Fully Operational

U.S. Fleet Created to Counter Russian Subs Now Fully Operational

USS Farragut (DDG-99) transits the Arctic Ocean beside Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) during a live-fire exercise on Sept. 25, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s fleet created to beef up its Atlantic presence against Russia is now fully operational, according to a Tuesday statement from the service. Read More