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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FY 2024 Budget: Pentagon Asks for  $30.6B to Beef Up Munitions Stockpile Citing Lessons from Ukraine War

FY 2024 Budget: Pentagon Asks for  $30.6B to Beef Up Munitions Stockpile Citing Lessons from Ukraine War

SM-6 launches from guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones on Aug. 29, 2017. MDA Photo

THE PENTAGON ­– The rapid drawdown of the U.S. munitions stockpile to feed the demand of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict prompted the Department of Defense to ramp up its acquisition of everything from missiles to artillery shells, senior defense officials told reporters on Monday. Read More

UPDATED: Chinese Rocket that Delivered Military Spy Satellites Breaks Up Over Texas

UPDATED: Chinese Rocket that Delivered Military Spy Satellites Breaks Up Over Texas

The June 23, 2022 launch of three spy satlittles aboard a Long March rocket. The second stage from this launch broke up over Texas on Wednesday.

This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. Space Command and additional information on the path of the debris. 

The second stage of a Chinese rocket that delivered a trio of military surveillance satellites in June disintegrated over Texas on Wednesday, USNI News has learned. Read More

USS Chancellorsville to be Renamed After Former Slave Who Captured Confederate Ship

USS Chancellorsville to be Renamed After Former Slave Who Captured Confederate Ship

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) conducts routine underway operations in the South China Sea, Nov. 29, 2022. US Navy Photo

A guided-missile cruiser that was named after a Confederate Civil War victory will be renamed in honor of a former slave who stole a Confederate States Navy ship in South Carolina and delivered it to the Union, the Navy announced in a late Monday statement. Read More

Unmanned Supply Drones, Forward Basing Key to Marines’ New Logistics Plan

Unmanned Supply Drones, Forward Basing Key to Marines’ New Logistics Plan

U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Rein.), refuel a CH-53E Super Stallion during a forward arming and refueling point exercise within a combat service support area on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 9, 2023. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marines have a plan for a fight spread out across wide swaths of the Pacific with small units moving from island to island. Now, the service is working through how it will get bullets, beans and bandages to units spread across thousands of miles. Read More

Pilot Error After ‘Sierra Hotel Break’ Resulted in South China Sea F-35C Crash, Investigation Says

Pilot Error After ‘Sierra Hotel Break’ Resulted in South China Sea F-35C Crash, Investigation Says

An F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter during a ramp strike aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on Jan. 24, 2022.

This post has been modified to clarify the recommendations from the investigators.

A 2022 ramp strike aboard the carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) that injured six sailors and resulted in the loss of an F-35C Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter was due to a mistake by the fighter pilot during landing, an investigation into the Jan. 24, 2022 incident determined. Read More

Navy, Coast Guard Wrap Chinese Spy Balloon Recovery off South Carolina

Navy, Coast Guard Wrap Chinese Spy Balloon Recovery off South Carolina

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.– Sailors assigned to Assault Craft Unit 4 prepare material recovered in the Atlantic Ocean from a high-altitude balloon for transport to federal agents at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Feb. 10, 2023. US Navy Photo

The Navy and Coast Guard have finished collecting the remnants of a Chinese high altitude surveillance balloon off the coast of South Carolina, U.S. Northern Command announced Friday. Read More