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US Navy's Middle East chief Scott Stearney found dead in Bahrain

Posted by George Freund on December 2, 2018 at 5:50 PM

Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, who oversaw US naval forces in Middle East, was found dead at his home in apparent suicide.

Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, who oversaw US Navy forces in the Middle East, was found dead on Saturday in his residence in Bahrain, according to navy officials.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Bahraini Ministry of Interior are cooperating on an investigation. However, no foul play was suspected.

"This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for the team at 5th Fleet, and for the entire Navy," Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said in a video statement.

"Scott Stearney was a decorated naval warrior. He was a devoted husband and father, and he was a good friend of all of us," Richardson said.

Stearney was the commander of US Naval Forces Central Command and of the US Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, which is responsible for patrolling the Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, Red Sea, Arabian Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.

In 2004, the fleet's surface warships were ordered to hold an "ethics, trust, responsibility and mission stand down" after two sailors were accused of stealing money and other valuables during an inspection of a Singaporean vessel in the Gulf.In recent years, the fleet has dealt with potential threats from pirates and weapons smugglers as well as Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats and Houthirebels firing missiles at commercial ships fromYemen.

Decades of service

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Stearney graduated from the University of Notre Dame with an economics degree before joining the US Navy in 1982.

Two years later, he became a pilot and logged more than 4,500 flight hours over the course of his career, which also included stints as a trainer and service inAfghanistan.

In May, Stearney was appointed as commander of the US Naval Forces Central Command and of the Fifth Fleet, positions he occupied until his death.

Rear Admiral Paul Schlise, the deputy commander of Fifth Fleet, has assumed its command, while Vice Admiral James Malloy, a deputy chief of naval operations, is preparing to fly out to Bahrain to take command in the interim.

Further information is expected as the investigation continues.

Vice Adm. Scott Stearney (left) relieves Vice Adm. John Aquilino (right) as commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet

MANAMA, Bahrain (June 28, 2018) Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, middle, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet

U.S. 5th Fleet on Twitter: "VADM Stearney speaks with a Royal Navy officer during MCMEX 18-2

FOX & friends on Twitter: "Commander Scott Stearney stopped by!

Vice Adm. Scott Stearney visits USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109)

FILE PHOTO: Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, looks at a cache of over 2,500 AK-47 automatic rifles seized during maritime security operations aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham in Manama, Bahrain October 24, 2018. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

Maybe it had something to do with the mass arms cache. Sorcha Faal is reporting is was the white phosphorus attack in Syria. He doesn't look like he suicidal in these other images. It appears he's at the top of his game.

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