Commander of U.S. naval forces in Middle East found dead in Bahrain residence

Commander of U.S. naval forces in Middle East found dead in Bahrain residence
Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, late Commander U.S. Naval Forces CENTCOM/Commander U.S. 5th Fleet. USN image, CNN video

[Ed. – Foul play is not suspected, and there’s no reason to push for evidence of it.  But this is extremely unusual.  An admiral in this position is typically in his early 50s, and very fit.  Fair winds and following seas to a shipmate, and deepest sympathies to his family. VADM Scott Stearney, U.S. Navy, R.I.P.]

The top admiral overseeing US Naval forces in the Middle East, Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, was found dead in his residence in Bahrain on Saturday, the Navy said in a statement.

While his death is being investigated, officials say there is no evidence of foul play at this time.

“This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for the team at Fifth Fleet, and for the entire Navy,” Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, told CNN Saturday. “Adm. Stearney was a decorated professional and a devoted father, a devoted husband and a good friend.” …

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Richardson said the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Bahraini Ministry of Interior are cooperating in the investigation. He added that he was unaware of any investigations into Stearney.

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