first published on December 1, 2018 by Will
The Navy’s 5th Fleet commander was found dead in Bahrain on Saturday, according to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.
Vice Adm. Scott A. Stearney was discovered deceased in his home, and no foul play is being suspected in his death, although investigations are still underway. Stearney had only been commanding 5th Fleet since May.
Team, it's my sad duty to inform you that today the Secretary of the Navy and I were informed that Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, our commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and commander of U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, was found deceased in his residence in Bahrain today. pic.twitter.com/FN8DAlWUng
— Adm. John Richardson (@CNORichardson) December 1, 2018
Stearney began his time as a Navy officer in 1982. He flew F/A-18 Hornets. He served in Afghanistan and was the CENTCOM operations director prior to assuming command of 5th Fleet.
The following video shows Vice Adm. Scott A. Stearney take charge of 5th Fleet back in May.