US naval commander in Middle East found dead in Bahrain home

2018-12-02 11:32
US Navy guided-missile destroyers and guided-missile cruisers.

US Navy guided-missile destroyers and guided-missile cruisers. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt.j.g. Caleb Swigart)

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The commander of US Naval Forces Central Command and the US Fifth Fleet has been found dead in his residence in Bahrain.

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson says Vice Admiral Scott Stearney was found dead on Saturday.

Richardson says the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Bahraini Ministry of Interior are investigating the death, but foul play is not suspected.

Rear Admiral Paul Schlise, the deputy commander of the Fifth Fleet, has taken over Stearney's duties.

Richardson described Stearney as a decorated naval warrior, a devoted husband and father, and a good friend.

The Fifth Fleet includes the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea.

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