After only seven months leading the US Navy’s Fifth fleet, Vice Admiral Vice Admiral Scott Stearney – who led the American Navy presence in the Middle East from its base in Bahrain – has been found dead in his residence, the Navy announced Saturday evening.
Stearney, a Chicago native and graduate of the University of Notre Dame, assumed control of the fleet from Vice Adm. John C. Aquilino back in May after Aquilino had served in the role for only eight months. He was in his late fifties at the time of his death.
The circumstances surrounding the admiral’s death are not yet known. Bahrainian authorities are cooperating in an investigation,according to a statement released by the Navy.
“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.
Navy Chief of Operations John Richardson broke the news in a brief video posted to the Navy’s twitter account.
🔉MT @CNORichardson: Team, it’s my sad duty to inform you that today @secnav76 and I were informed that Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, our commander of @US5thFleet in Bahrain, was found deceased in his residence in Bahrain today. pic.twitter.com/vuw86W0fxh
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) 1 December 2018