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 Issues Draft Request for Proposal for Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle

Navy Issues Draft Request for Proposal for Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle

A Naval Sea Systems Command-developed Iraqi 60-meter Offshore Support Vessel. US Navy briefing material indicate that early versions of the service’s large unmanned surface vessels could be based on OSV designs. US Navy Photo

The Navy has put a call out to industry to send in ideas for its planned fleet of corvette-sized unmanned surface vehicles, according to a draft request for proposal announced on Wednesday. Read More

Marines Declare Initial Operational Capability for JLTV

Marines Declare Initial Operational Capability for JLTV

U.S. Marines with 3d Marine Regiment drive a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) during a JLTV field training exercise, Marine Corps Training Area Bellows on July 29, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps is set to use its first Joint Light Tactical Vehicles in the field after the service declared the program had achieved initial operational capability earlier this month. Read More

USS Porter Enters the Black Sea

USS Porter Enters the Black Sea

USS Porter (DDG-78) on Aug. 8, 2019, entering the Black Sea. Cem Devrim Yaylalı Photo used with permission

Guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG-78) entered the Black Sea on Thursday and is the sixth U.S. ship to operate in the region this year. Read More

NTSB: Lack of Navy Oversight, Training Were Primary Causes of Fatal McCain Collision

NTSB: Lack of Navy Oversight, Training Were Primary Causes of Fatal McCain Collision

Sailors assigned to the navigation department aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) look on as the ship arrives in Singapore to provide support to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56). US Navy Photo

Almost two years after the collision between a U.S. destroyer and a merchant ship off Singapore, the first in-depth independent investigation has determined the most probable cause for the incident that killed 10 sailors was lack of adequate Navy oversight and training. Read More

Navy Declares Pilot in Death Valley Super Hornet Crash Dead

Navy Declares Pilot in Death Valley Super Hornet Crash Dead

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, flies over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Pacific Ocean, Feb. 19, 2019. The John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant G. Grady)

The pilot of a single-seat F/A-18E fighter that crashed on Wednesday has been declared dead, Navy officials said Thursday afternoon. Read More

California Super Hornet Crashes Near China Lake, Condition of Pilot Unknown

California Super Hornet Crashes Near China Lake, Condition of Pilot Unknown

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, takes off from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 11, 2018. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from the Navy and additional details on the location of the crash .

A single-seat F/A-18E Super Hornet based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., crashed on Wednesday morning, and the status of the pilot is unknown, Navy officials have told USNI News. Read More