Mysterious? US Fifth Fleet commander found dead in Bahrain

Jake Baker  ·  December 02, 2018  ·  Featured, Jake Baker, Foreign Policy, Military, U.S. News

 By: Jack Hammer – TapWires News Service

Mysteriously Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and the U.S. Fifth Fleet, was found dead Saturday at his residence in Bahrain, according to U.S. military officials.

Officially, no foul play is suspected, yet the cause of death remained under investigation, as reported in a statement by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

Defense Department sources told CBS News the admiral’s death was "an apparent suicide." 

"This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for the team at Fifth Fleet and the entire Navy," Richardson said, according to Navy Times. "He was a good friend to all of us."

There had been no obvious indications of this potential action by Stearney, who hails from Chicago and served as operations director for the U.S. Central Command before taking on the leadership of the Fifth Fleet in May, according to the Navy Times.

Stearney’s job included oversight of all U.S. naval operations in the Middle East and Southwest Asia, including keeping the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Red Sea, safe and open according to the New York Times.  

 An alumnae of the University of Notre Dame, Stearney joined the Navy in 1982 after graduation, according to reports.

Rear Adm. Paul Schlise the 5th Fleet’s deputy commander has assumed the duties of Adm Stearney.

The Fifth Fleet includes the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and in keeping with protocol the Bahraini Ministry of Interior are in charge of the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Suicide, ADmiral Scott Stearney, US Naval Forces Central Command, US 5th Fleet

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