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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Makin Island ARG, 15th MEU Leaves Middle East for INDO-PACOM, Eisenhower Supporting Anti-ISIS Fight from Mediterranean

Makin Island ARG, 15th MEU Leaves Middle East for INDO-PACOM, Eisenhower Supporting Anti-ISIS Fight from Mediterranean

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Eberhart, assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD-25), watches the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) maneuver past the Somerset in the Gulf of Oman on March 23, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and 15th Marine Expeditionary Group left the Middle East this week and are operating in U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. 7th Fleet confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More

USS Makin Island, Sea Base USS Lewis B. Puller Leave Persian Gulf

USS Makin Island, Sea Base USS Lewis B. Puller Leave Persian Gulf

USS Makin Island (LHD-8), front, expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3) and the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) sail in formation during a Strait of Hormuz transit on March 17, 2021. US Navy Photo

USS Makin Island (LHD-8) left the Persian Gulf on Thursday after more than a month of operations, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News. Read More

Navy’s Vision for Future Fleet is Blurry Say Seapower Members Luria, Gallagher  

Navy’s Vision for Future Fleet is Blurry Say Seapower Members Luria, Gallagher  

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Logan Brown, from Joplin, Montana, scans the horizon from the bridge wing aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85) while underway conducting operations in the Taiwan Strait in March 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy isn’t doing a great job of arguing for the service to expand to face the growing maritime threat from China, two members of the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee said on Thursday. Read More

Pentagon Mulling Aircraft Carrier Reduction as Part of FY 2022 Budget Review

Pentagon Mulling Aircraft Carrier Reduction as Part of FY 2022 Budget Review

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) arrived at Norfolk Naval Shipyard on July 7 for an Extended Carrier Incremental Availability. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include a statement from Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.).

The Pentagon is again considering a reduction in aircraft carrier force structure as part of the upcoming Fiscal Year 2022 budget submission to Congress, according to two sources familiar with the discussions. Read More