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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BREAKING: Marines Keeping AAVs Out of the Water Permanently

BREAKING: Marines Keeping AAVs Out of the Water Permanently

Marines with Marine Rotational Force Europe 21.1 (MRF-E), Marine Forces Europe and Africa, conduct a live-fire range using Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAV) in Blatindan, Norway, March 16, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps will keep its fleet of decades-old Amphibious Assault Vehicles out of the water except in emergencies, the service announced on Wednesday. Read More

New Fleet Forces Commander Caudle Says Navy ‘Will Own the Atlantic’

New Fleet Forces Commander Caudle Says Navy ‘Will Own the Atlantic’

Adm. Daryl Caudle, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) delivers his personal remarks after relieving Adm. Christopher W. Grady,aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), Dec. 7, 2021. US Navy Photo

ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH – The incoming head of the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic fleet said his command will continue to prepare ships and sailors that will take on a renewed threat from across the sea. Read More

Next Generation SSN(X) Attack Sub ‘Is Going to Carry a Lot of Torpedoes,’ Says Admiral

Next Generation SSN(X) Attack Sub ‘Is Going to Carry a Lot of Torpedoes,’ Says Admiral

USS Missouri (SSN-780) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility on Sept. 1, 2021. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The next U.S. nuclear attack submarine must require less maintenance, be fast, quiet and packed with torpedoes, the service’s director of undersea warfare said on Thursday. Read More

USS Connecticut Underway off Guam After Undergoing Repairs

USS Connecticut Underway off Guam After Undergoing Repairs

USS Connecticut (SSN-22) arrives at Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a scheduled port visit, July 31, 2021. US Navy Photo

The U.S. attack submarine that struck an underwater seamount last month is underway off the coast of Guam after more than a month of damage assessment repairs, two defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More

UPDATED: U.K. F-35B from Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth Crashes in Mediterranean, Pilot Recovered

UPDATED: U.K. F-35B from Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth Crashes in Mediterranean, Pilot Recovered

An F35B Lightning II pilot prepared to take off from HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) on Aug. 14, 2021. UK Royal Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional information from the U.K. MoD and a statement from F-35 builder Lockheed Martin.

A U.K. F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter operating from Royal Navy carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) crashed in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, the U.K. Ministry of Defense announced. Read More

Attack Boat New Jersey Christened as Sub Construction Continues Pandemic Recovery

Attack Boat New Jersey Christened as Sub Construction Continues Pandemic Recovery

Ship’s sponsor Susan DiMarco christens attack submarine New Jersey (SSN-796) on Nov. 13, 2021 at Newport News Shipbuilding. Also pictured (left to right) are Cmdr. Carlos Otero ship’s commanding officer; retired Adm. Michael Mullen and Jennifer Boykin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding. HII Photo

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Nuclear attack boat New Jersey (SSN-796) was christened on Saturday as shipbuilder Newport News continues to recover from the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on submarine construction. Read More