U.S. ad­mi­ral found dead in Bahrain

Su­per­vised naval op­er­a­tions in Asia, Mid­dle East

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - NATION / WORLD - By Eric Schmitt New York Times

The ad­mi­ral over­see­ing U.S. naval op­er­a­tions in the Mid­dle East and South­west Asia was found dead in Bahrain Satur­day,.

The of­fi­cer, Vice Adm. Scott A. Stear­ney, was found dead in his res­i­dence in Bahrain, Adm. John M. Richard­son, chief of naval op­er­a­tions, said in a state­ment, not­ing that no foul play was sus­pected. The Naval Crim­i­nal In­ves­tiga­tive Ser­vice and the Bahraini In­te­rior Min­istry are co­op­er­at­ing on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he said.

Stear­ney took charge in May of the Navy’s 5th Fleet in Bahrain, as well as a broader naval coali­tion there that in­cludes more than 20,000 U.S. and al­lied mar­itime forces.

“This is dev­as­tat­ing news for the Stear­ney fam­ily, for the team at 5th Fleet, and for the en­tire Navy,” Richard­son said.

The U.s.-led naval forces play an im­por­tant role in safe­guard­ing such vi­tal re­gional water­ways as the Per­sian Gulf, the Strait of Hor­muz and the Red Sea. In re­cent years, the naval forces have con­fronted threats in­clud­ing ma­raud­ing pi­rates, ha­rass­ing Ira­nian rev­o­lu­tion­ary guard at­tack boats, weapons smug­glers, and Ira­ni­analigned Houthi rebels in Ye­men fir­ing mis­siles at com­mer­cial ships.

Stear­ney, an FA-18 fighter pi­lot and for­mer Top Gun in­struc­tor, be­came a Navy avi­a­tor in 1984 and served in strike fighter squadrons fly­ing the FA-18 Hor­net.

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