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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Investigation of Former Carrier Roosevelt CO’s Message Still In Progress

Investigation of Former Carrier Roosevelt CO’s Message Still In Progress

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) move meals, ready to eat (MREs) for sailors who have tested negative for COVID-19 on April 7, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s probe into the circumstances around a leaked letter from the former commander of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) warning leaders his sailors were at risk from a COVID-19 outbreak is set to be completed soon, Navy officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

UPDATED: Modly Resigns Amidst Carrier Roosevelt Controversy; Army Undersecretary to Serve as Acting SECNAV

UPDATED: Modly Resigns Amidst Carrier Roosevelt Controversy; Army Undersecretary to Serve as Acting SECNAV

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly speaks to Sailors aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) from across the brow via the ship’s 1-MC public address system, March 31, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include Thomas Modly’s resignation letter and reactions from members of Congress.

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly has resigned from his post after a day and a half of widespread criticism surrounding the removal of the commander of an aircraft carrier that is battling a COVID-19 outbreak, according to a copy of the resignation letter obtained by USNI News. Read More

Modly Apologizes to Roosevelt Crew, Former CO as Navy Extends Investigation; Trump Says He ‘May Just Get Involved’

Modly Apologizes to Roosevelt Crew, Former CO as Navy Extends Investigation; Trump Says He ‘May Just Get Involved’

Capt. Brett Crozier, then-commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, addresses the crew during an all-hands call in the ship’s hangar bay on March 3, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional statements from Rep Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Rep. Joe Courtney ((D-Conn.) and a statement from acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly.

The Navy is going to extend an investigation into the circumstances around a leaked message from the commander of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) to service leadership sounding the alarm his sailors were at risk from an “accelerating” COVID-19 outbreak on the aircraft carrier. Read More

Navy Probe into Letter From Carrier Roosevelt CO Ends Monday; Report Says Brett Crozier Has COVID-19

Navy Probe into Letter From Carrier Roosevelt CO Ends Monday; Report Says Brett Crozier Has COVID-19

Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), gives remarks during an all-hands call on the ship’s flight deck on Dec. 15, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with new COVID-19 data from the Navy.

A swift investigation into circumstances around a leaked letter from a carrier commander warning leaders his sailors were at risk from a COVID-19 outbreak is set to end on Monday, Navy officials told USNI News Read More

Carrier Roosevelt CO Relieved Over ‘Extremely Poor Judgment’ in Creating ‘Firestorm’ Over COVID-19 Outbreak

Carrier Roosevelt CO Relieved Over ‘Extremely Poor Judgment’ in Creating ‘Firestorm’ Over COVID-19 Outbreak

Capt. Brett Crozier, then-commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), addresses the crew during an all-hands call on the ship’s flight deck on Nov. 15, 2019. US Navy Photo

The carrier commander who warned that his crew didn’t have enough resources to fight an accelerating COVID-19 infection aboard his ship, has been relieved of command, Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly told reporters on Thursday afternoon. Read More

Aquilino: Navy Working to Fight Carrier Roosevelt COVID-19 Outbreak on Guam

Aquilino: Navy Working to Fight Carrier Roosevelt COVID-19 Outbreak on Guam

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), left, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG-59), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60) transit the Eastern Pacific Ocean on Nov. 27, 2019. US Navy Photo

Navy officials are working with the government of Guam to find space to house quarantined sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) as a COVID-19 outbreak has spread through the crew, the commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet told reporters on Tuesday. Read More

Carrier Roosevelt CO Asks Navy to Quarantine Entire Crew Ashore as COVID-19 Outbreak Accelerates

Carrier Roosevelt CO Asks Navy to Quarantine Entire Crew Ashore as COVID-19 Outbreak Accelerates

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) sails in formation as part of an Expeditionary Strike Force. US NAvy Photo

The commander of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) asked U.S. Pacific Fleet leadership to take his crew off his carrier and send them all into quarantine ashore on Guam, as a COVID-19 outbreak on the carrier spreads at an accelerating rate, according to a Monday letter obtained by USNI News. Read More

Senate Confirms New Leaders for Naval Forces Europe, Naval Intel, 5th & 2nd  Fleets, NAVSEA; No Navy Announcement Forthcoming

Senate Confirms New Leaders for Naval Forces Europe, Naval Intel, 5th & 2nd  Fleets, NAVSEA; No Navy Announcement Forthcoming

The Senate confirmed several Navy flag officers for new positions, including new leaders for U.S. naval forces in Europe and the Middle East and a new commander of the service’s shipbuilding and maintenance arm, USNI News has learned.

The Senate action that confirmed almost 30 flag positions came with no public notification by the Navy, a service official confirmed to USNI News. Read More