Vice Admiral, Commander of US Naval Forces Central Command, Scott Stearney was found dead in his residence in Bahrain Saturday.
No foul play is suspected, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said in a statement.
Update: Defense officials are calling it an “apparent suicide.”
The U.S. Navy admiral overseeing American naval forces in the Middle East has been found dead at his residence in Bahrain, the Navy said on Saturday, adding that foul play was not suspected.
Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, a Chicago native, was the commander of the U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. The Navy did not specify the cause of death.
“The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Bahraini Ministry of Interior are cooperating on the investigation, but at this time no foul play is suspected,” said Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, adding that Stearney’s deputy, Rear Admiral Paul Schlise, had assumed command.
US Navy statement on death of Vice Adm. Scott A. Stearny, a devoted husband, and father:
The Navy Times reported:
A Chicago native, Stearney commissioned into the Navy in 1982 and was designated a naval aviator two years later, according to his command biography.
He served in numerous strike fighter squadrons, flying the F/A-18 Hornet for squaddrons 87 and 136.
Stearney led Strike Fighter Squadron 131 and served in Afghanistan as chief of staff of joint task forces there.
Before taking the helm of 5th Fleet in May, he served as operations director for U.S. Central Command.
Prayers for the Stearney family.