Navy Admiral Scott Stearney found dead after committing suicide
Vice Admiral Scott A. Stearney has been confirmed dead in a statement released by the Chief of Naval Operations in the USA. The cause of death was suicide.
The US Naval Forces’ Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson released a statement on December 1 stating that Vice Admiral Scott A Stearney has died due to suicide. Stearney was the commander of the fifth fleet.
Richardson’s statement notes that Stearney had won many medals and awards during his 36-year career and that he was a friendly and caring person to everyone in his life.
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Stearney was the commander of US Naval Forces Central Command and of the US Navy's Bahrain-based 5th fleet, which is responsible for patrolling the Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, Red Sea, Arabian Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. https://t.co/XRc3v9Rzuq— Al Jazeera News (@AJENews) December 2, 2018
Admiral Richardson also notes that Stearney’s family, friends, and fellow naval staff are going through a difficult time. He requests that everyone keeps them in their prayers and thoughts.
The Bahrani Ministry of Interior along with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is conducting an investigation into Stearney’s suicide. However, there is no suspicion of foul play.
Stearney’s duties have been taken over by Rear Admiral Paul Schlise. The fifth fleet of the US Navy is responsible for naval operations in the Middle East; including regions such as the Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, and the Suez Canal.
"(Vice Adm.) Scott Stearney was a decorated naval warrior. He was a devoted husband and father, and he was a good friend to all of us," said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson in a video announcement. https://t.co/9mV3xprKcW— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) December 1, 2018
Stearney’s naval career began in 1982. In 1984 he became a Navy aviator during which time he was part of a squadron of strike fighters. He also served as chief of staff in Afghanistan.
In May Stearney stepped into the position of commander, where he oversaw the US Naval Forces Central Command. However, this was the last naval post he would ever hold.
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