Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, who oversaw US Navy operations in the Middle East, was found dead in what defence officials have described as «an apparent suicide» in his Bahrain residence on Saturday.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Bahraini Interior Ministry of Interior are presently investigating the death. However, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said that «no... Еще foul play is suspected.»
Deputy Commander of the Fifth Fleet Rear Admiral Paul Schlise has assumed command.
Stearney took up the post of US Naval Forces Central Command and the US Fifth Fleet in May, which he occupied until his death.
The archive footage shows a change of command ceremony for US Naval Forces Central Command and the Fifth Fleet in Manama, during which Vice Admiral John Aquilino turned over command to Stearney.
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