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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UPDATED: Navy Identifies Pilot Killed During New Mexico Test Flight

UPDATED: Navy Identifies Pilot Killed During New Mexico Test Flight

An Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano A-29 experimental aircraft flies over White Sands Missile Range in 2017. US Air Force Photo

This post has been updated to include additional details on Lt. Short’s service.

The Navy has identified the pilot of an Embraer A-29 Super Tucano who died on Friday following a crash over the White Sands Missile Range near Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Read More

MCPON Giordano Steps Down Amidst Workplace Misconduct Investigation

MCPON Giordano Steps Down Amidst Workplace Misconduct Investigation

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Steven S. Giordano addresses the crew of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) in 2017. US Navy Photo

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven Giordano announced his retirement amidst a Navy inspector general investigation into alleged workplace misconduct, according to a late Thursday statement. Read More

SECNAV Spencer Censures Retired Admiral, 2 Other Officers in Ongoing ‘Fat Leonard’ Case

SECNAV Spencer Censures Retired Admiral, 2 Other Officers in Ongoing ‘Fat Leonard’ Case

Undated photo of Leonard Francis

This post has been updated to include the letters of censure for Wren, Conroy and Johnson.

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer has issued letters of censure to a retired admiral and two other senior officers who the service says accepted gifts and had an inappropriate relationship with Leonard ‘Fat Leonard’ Francis and the Glenn Defense Marine Asia company, USNI News has learned. Read More

Marines Pick BAE to Build Amphibious Combat Vehicle; Contract Worth Up to $1.2B

Marines Pick BAE to Build Amphibious Combat Vehicle; Contract Worth Up to $1.2B

BAE Systems and Iveco Defense partnered to create this entrant for the Marines ACV 1.1 competition. Photo courtesy BAE Systems.

After years of stops and starts, the Marine Corps has selected BAE Systems to build the service’s next generation of armored amphibious vehicles designed to protect Marines in transit from sea to shore, the service announced late Tuesday afternoon. Read More

Navy Drops Homicide Charges Against USS Fitzgerald Commander, Junior Officers

Navy Drops Homicide Charges Against USS Fitzgerald Commander, Junior Officers

USS Fitzgerald pierside at the U.S. naval base at Yokosuka, Japan in June 2017.

This post has been updated to include statements from Cmdr. Bryce Benson and Lt. Natalie Combs.

The former commander of USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and two junior officers will not face negligent homicide charges for their role in a collision off the coast of Japan that killed seven sailors last year, USNI News has learned. Read More