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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Carrier Eisenhower Returns to Norfolk After Completing Sea Trials

Carrier Eisenhower Returns to Norfolk After Completing Sea Trials

Sailors scrub the flight deck after a countermeasure wash down aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) during an underway in the Atlantic Ocean on March 30, 2019. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after its first underway since 2017. Read More

Two Marines Killed in Arizona Helicopter Crash During Training Mission

Two Marines Killed in Arizona Helicopter Crash During Training Mission

A Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 takes off during an Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System loading and flight takeoff exercise in support of Weapons and Tactics Instructor course 2-18 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., on March 29. US Marine Corps Photo

Two Marine pilots are dead after a Saturday crash of an AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter near Yuma, Ariz., the service announced on Sunday. Read More

UPDATED: Destroyer Damaged by Barge in Pier-Side Incident at Ingalls Shipbuilding

UPDATED: Destroyer Damaged by Barge in Pier-Side Incident at Ingalls Shipbuilding

M/V Hawk approaching Ingalls Shipbuilding on March 29, 2019 with the floating dry dock. via WLOX

This post was updated with HII and Naval Sea Systems Command statements on the damage to Delbert Black.

An under-construction Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyer was damaged by a barge while it was pier-side at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., according to a statement from Huntington Ingalls Industries. Read More

Lt. Gen. David Berger Nominated as Next Marine Corps Commandant

Lt. Gen. David Berger Nominated as Next Marine Corps Commandant

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller, left, speaks to Lt. Gen. David H. Berger before a change of command at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Aug. 8, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

This post has been updated to include the official annoucement from the Marine Corps.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A key architect of the Marine’s future fight in an era of great power competition was tapped Tuesday to be the next commandant of the Marine Corps, according to a Congressional notification. Read More

USS Gerald Ford Delivery Delayed Due to Extensive Nuclear Propulsion, Weapons Elevator Repairs; Carrier Won’t be Ready Until October

USS Gerald Ford Delivery Delayed Due to Extensive Nuclear Propulsion, Weapons Elevator Repairs; Carrier Won’t be Ready Until October

F/A-18F Pilot LCDR Jamie R. Struck the makes first carrier arrested landing using AAG system aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) off the Virginia coast. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – Unforeseen problems in repairing USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will push delivery of the carrier back to the fleet by three months, into October, Navy officials told a House Armed Services Committee panel on Tuesday. Read More

Navy’s $3.2B Unfunded List Includes Asks for Attack Boat Repair Money, ‘Ambulance’ Vessel

Navy’s $3.2B Unfunded List Includes Asks for Attack Boat Repair Money, ‘Ambulance’ Vessel

The Austal USA EPF medical concept would accommodate a MV-22 Osprey. AUSTAL USA Image

Finding $653 million for a trio of submarines that the Navy is trying to repair in private yards and $49 million to convert a Military Sealift Command ship into an ‘ambulance’ for naval forces top the Navy’s unfunded priorities list that was delivered to Congress on Friday. Read More

Electric Boat Awarded $2B for Block V Virginia Attack Boat Long-Lead Materials

Electric Boat Awarded $2B for Block V Virginia Attack Boat Long-Lead Materials

USS North Dakota (SSN-784), transit the Thames River as they pull into their homeport on Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. US Navy Photo

General Dynamics Electric Boat has won a $2 billion contract modification to continue long-lead work for the Block V Virginia-class attack submarine (SSN-774) program, according to a Monday Pentagon contract announcement. Read More