Sam LaGrone

About Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.


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Destroyer USS Mahan Fires Warning Shots in Standoff with Iranian Forces

Destroyer USS Mahan Fires Warning Shots in Standoff with Iranian Forces

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG-72) on July 16, 2016. US Navy Photo

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG-72) on July 16, 2016. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. 5th Fleet.

The crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG-72) fired three warning shots to ward off four armed attack boats coming at the ship at high speed, a defense official confirmed to USNI News on Monday. Read More

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Squadron Heading to Japan Next Month

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Squadron Heading to Japan Next Month

An E-2D Hawkeye assigned to the Tigertails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 taxis across the flight deck during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt on Oct. 15, 2015. US Navy Photo

An E-2D Hawkeye assigned to the Tigertails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 taxis across the flight deck during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt on Oct. 15, 2015. US Navy Photo

The Navy is deploying a squadron Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes to Japan next month, the service announced on Thursday. Read More

Document: SECDEF Ash Carter's Exit Memo

Document: SECDEF Ash Carter’s Exit Memo

The following is the Jan. 5, 2016 memo Department of Defense Accomplishments (2009-2016) Taking the Long View, Investing for the Future, signed by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. The document is part of the outgoing Obama administration’s effort for each cabinet level department to outline its accomplishments. Read More