Scott Stearney, top U.S. naval commander In Middle East, found dead In Bahrain – AOL

Vice-admiral Scott Stearney, the head of U.S. Navy operations in the Middle East, was found dead on Saturday in his residence in Bahrain, according to the Navy.

Defense officials said an investigation had been launched into Stearney’s death, though no foul play is suspected. Officials told CBS News that the death was being treated as an “apparent suicide.” 

Stearney, who the Navy Times said was 58 at the time of his death, took charge of the Navy’s Fifth Fleet and Naval Forces Central Command in May. He oversaw U.S. naval operations in the Middle East and Southwest Asia, which includes more than 20,000 U.S. and allied forces, The New York Times reported.

Adm. John M. Richardson, the chief of naval operations, said in a Saturday statement that the deputy commander of the Fifth Fleet, Rear Adm. Paul J. Schlise, had assumed command.

“This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for the team at Fifth Fleet and the entire Navy,” Richardson said. “Scott Stearney was a decorated naval warrior. He was a devoted husband and father, and he was a good friend to all of us.”

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Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, speaks on the 1MC shipboard intercom to welcome the crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham to Manama, Bahrain October 24, 2018. Picture taken October 24, 2018. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY

U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Scott A. Stearney, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces, delivers remarks during the Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade change of command ceremony in Manama, Bahrain July 3, 2018. Picture taken July 3, 2018. U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Wesley Timm/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

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. Picture taken October 24, 2018. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Handout via REUTERS.. ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY

U.S. Navy vice admiral Scott A. Stearney, Commander of 5th Fleet and head of Naval Forces Central Command speaks during the Change of Command U.S. Naval Forces Central Command 5th Fleet Combined Maritime Forces ceremony at the U.S. Naval Base in Bahrain, May 6, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

U.S. Navy vice admiral Scott A. Stearney, Commander of 5th Fleet and head of Naval Forces Central Command is welcomed during the Change of Command U.S. Naval Forces Central Command 5th Fleet Combined Maritime Forces ceremony at the U.S. Naval Base in Bahrain, May 6, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

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Stearney, a Chicago native, joined the Navy in 1982 after graduating from the University of Notre Dame, according to his Navy biography. An FA-18 fighter pilot who accumulated more than 4,500 flight hours, Stearney served as a Top Gun instructor, a chief of staff of Joint Task Force 435 in Afghanistan and commander at U.S. Transportation Command, Strike Force Training Atlantic and Navy Warfare Development Command, among other notable stints.

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