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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Vice Adm. Franchetti Nominated for Joint Staff Role After Brief Time at N7

Vice Adm. Franchetti Nominated for Joint Staff Role After Brief Time at N7

U.S. 6th Fleet Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti renders honors as she passes through sideboys during the 6th Fleet change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy on July 1, 2020. US Navy Photo

After less than two months on the job, the head of the Navy’s warfighting development office has been nominated for a new role on the Joint Staff, USNI News has learned. Read More

Thornberry: Final NDAA Bill Won’t Be Ready Until After Election

Thornberry: Final NDAA Bill Won’t Be Ready Until After Election

Rep. Mac Thornberry, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, met with journalists from the Defense Writers Group, an association of news outlets with reporters that cover national security issues, at the George Washington University on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. GWU Photo

The final conference report on the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act won’t be ready until after the Nov. 3 election, the outgoing ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee said on Wednesday. Read More

Search Underway for Sailor Missing from USS Nimitz

Search Underway for Sailor Missing from USS Nimitz

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) steams in the Indian Ocean during a cooperative deployment with the Indian Navy July 20, 2020. US Navy Photo

A search is underway in the Middle East for a sailor assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN-68) who has gone missing from the aircraft carrier, U.S. 5th Fleet announced on Sunday. Read More

Sailors Test Positive for COVID-19 on Carrier USS Ronald Reagan

Sailors Test Positive for COVID-19 on Carrier USS Ronald Reagan

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) sails in the Philippine Sea while two MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopters assigned to the ‘Golden Falcons’ of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12, embarked aboard Ronald Reagan, transit during a replenishment-at-sea on Aug. 13, 2020. US Navy Photo

A small group of sailors tested positive for COVID-19 last week while underway aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) following a port call in Guam, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News on Friday. Read More

NTSB: ‘Unexplained’ Course Change Was ‘A Critical Error’ in Fatal USS Fitzgerald Collision

NTSB: ‘Unexplained’ Course Change Was ‘A Critical Error’ in Fatal USS Fitzgerald Collision

Undated photo of USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) pierside in Japan shortly after accident. US Navy Photo

Federal investigators highlighted an “unexplained course change” by a U.S. guided-missile destroyer as “a critical error” that put the warship on the path to the fatal 2017 collision that would kill seven sailors, according to a new report released Thursday. Read More