Top US Naval Commander in the Middle East Found Dead at Home in Bahrain

Scott Stearney

The admiral who oversees US Navy forces in the Middle East has been found dead in his home in Bahrain, but authorities say no foul play is suspected.

Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, who took over command of the 5th Fleet and Naval Forces Central Command in May, was found dead on Saturday. He was 58.

‘This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for the team at Fifth Fleet and for the entire Navy,’ Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations, said in a video statement.

‘Scott Stearney was a decorated naval warrior,’ he added.

‘The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Bahraini Ministry of the Interior are cooperating on the investigation, but at this time no foul play is suspected,’ said Richardson.

The Fifth Fleet’s deputy commander, Rear Admiral Paul Schlise, assumed command in the wake of Stearney’s death.

Stearney was a native of Chicago who entered the Navy in 1982, after graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in economics, according to his official biography.

He later obtained a master’s degree from the National Defense University.

In the Navy, he served in several strike fighter squadrons flying the FA-18 Hornet.

His fleet assignments include the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-87, the Knighthawks of Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-136 and strike warfare officer for commander, Carrier Group 4.

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Source: Daily Mail