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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Next-Generation Destroyer Zumwalt Sidelined for Repairs After Engineering Casualty

Next-Generation Destroyer Zumwalt Sidelined for Repairs After Engineering Casualty

Guided-missile destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) arrives at Naval Station Newport on Sept. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo

Guided-missile destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) arrives at Naval Station Newport on Sept. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to correct the spelling of the second Zumwalt class guided missile destroyer. The correct spelling is Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001). 

Less than a month ahead of its commissioning, the Navy’s next-generation destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) suffered an engineering casualty that could take up to two weeks to repair, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

Austal USA Awarded $249M for Two Expeditionary Fast Transports; Launches Latest Hull

Austal USA Awarded $249M for Two Expeditionary Fast Transports; Launches Latest Hull

Expeditionary Fast Transport 7 (EPF 7), USNS Carson City during Acceptance Trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Austal USA photo.

Expeditionary Fast Transport 7 (EPF 7), USNS Carson City during Acceptance Trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Austal USA photo.

Naval Sea Systems command has awarded Austal USA a $248.8 million contract for work on two Expeditionary Fast Transports (EPF), formerly known as the Joint High Speed Vessel, according to Pentagon contract announcement issued last week. Read More

Survey: What’s the Next Most Promising Naval Technology?

Survey: What’s the Next Most Promising Naval Technology?

Several emerging technologies are poised to change the way navies operate in the future. Unmanned underwater vehicles hold the promise to help find adversarial submarines, additive manufacturing could replace hard to find parts for ships and aircraft stationed in remote locations and lasers and electromagnetic railguns could increase the volume of fires from U.S. ships while reducing the cost of missiles. Read More

UPDATED: Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery Suffers Engineering Casualty, Fifth LCS Casualty Within Last Year

UPDATED: Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery Suffers Engineering Casualty, Fifth LCS Casualty Within Last Year

USS Montgomery (LCS-8) during sea trials. Austal USA Photo

USS Montgomery (LCS-8) during sea trials. Austal USA Photo

This story has been updated with additional information from the Navy. An earlier version of this post indicated the casualty occurred on Sept. 15 when it in fact occurred on Sept. 13.

THE PENTAGON — Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) suffered two unrelated engineering casualties during a transit in the Gulf of Mexico and is heading to Florida for repairs, the Navy told USNI News on Friday. Read More