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: U.S., French Warships Launch Attacks on Chemical Weapons Targets in Syria; U.K., French Fighters, U.S. Bombers Also Strike

VIDEO: U.S., French Warships Launch Attacks on Chemical Weapons Targets in Syria; U.K., French Fighters, U.S. Bombers Also Strike

USS Monterey (CG 61) fires a Tomahawk land attack missile April 13, 2018 against land targets in Syria. US Navy Photo

U.S and French guided-missile warships and a U.S. nuclear attack submarine launched land attack missiles on targets in Syria suspected to be targets related to chemical weapons, Pentagon officials said on Saturday. Read More

Marines Working to Deploy Tactical Cyber Forces From the Sea

Marines Working to Deploy Tactical Cyber Forces From the Sea

U.S. Marines assigned to the Cyber Security Technician course, Marine Corps Communications-Electronics School, work on an assignment at Marine Corps Base Twentynine Palms, Calif., March 15, 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Marines are studying putting teams of cyber Marines alongside infantry, logisticians and aviators on amphibious ships at sea. Read More

UPDATED: Fleet Forces Adm. Davidson Nominated to Lead U.S. Pacific Command; PACAF O’Shaughnessy to NORTHCOM



UPDATED: Fleet Forces Adm. Davidson Nominated to Lead U.S. Pacific Command; PACAF O’Shaughnessy to NORTHCOM



Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, addresses the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in 2016. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional information.

THE PENTAGON — The head of U.S. Fleet Forces Command has been tapped to lead U.S. Pacific Command, according to an announcement from Secretary of Defense James Mattis Tuesday evening. Read More

First Super Hornet Inducted Into Service Life Extension Program

First Super Hornet Inducted Into Service Life Extension Program

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). US Navy Photo

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The first F/A-18F that will have its service life extended beyond 6,000 flight hours arrived at Boeing on Thursday. Read More

Marine AV-8B Harrier Crashes in Djibouti, Pilot in Stable Condition

Marine AV-8B Harrier Crashes in Djibouti, Pilot in Stable Condition

A U.S. Marine AV-8B Harrier II aircraft assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 (Reinforced) takes off during a Stinger trainer launch simulator aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) on March 23, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

This post has been updated to correct the date USS Iwo Jima entered U.S. 5th Fleet. It was March 27, not March 29.

A Marine pilot is in stable condition after an AV-8B Harrier jet crashed during takeoff in Djibouti during an exercise on Tuesday, a U.S. Navy official told USNI News. Read More