Fifth Fleet Admiral found dead Saturday at his home triggers murder investigation
Admiral Scott Stearney (wearing eye glasses) inspecting a seizure of 2521 Russian-made AK-47 assault rifles on Oct. 25th
Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, Commander of the Navy’s Fifth Fleet, was found dead in his home in Bahrain on Saturday, said Admiral John Richardson, the Navy’s Chief of Operations.
It is being investigated as a murder.
Bahrain is 445 miles by car from Saudi Arabia
Admiral Richardson said “no foul play is suspected.”
NCIS is conducting the investigation together with the Bahraini Ministry of Interior. NCIS is the Navy’s Criminal Investigative Service.
Admiral Richardson’s statement is captured in this video:
Robert Steele is a 20-year veteran of the CIA and the Marine Corps Intelligence.
He reported that Stearney was ordered murdered by the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI).
The plan was to have a Navy ship fired upon by the Israeli Navy posing as an Iranian patrol boat.
The first U.S. military base was built in Israel last year.
The above gun seizure was made on Aug. 25th.
The guns were disguised in food containers and crates.
Admiral Stearney, 58, was the most senior officer of the Fifth Fleet. He was in charge of U.S. naval operations covering 2.5 million square miles covering the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, and the Upper Indian Ocean.
Much of the world’s oil is exported through these sea lanes. This area is protected by the U.S. Navy.
The Fifth Fleet fights pirates, weapons, and child slave smugglers. It also protects cargo ships and naval vessels from terrorist attacks.
Stearney was assigned this territory in May. He had more than 20,000 sailors under command.
Retired Rear Admiral John Kirby, said Stearney’s death will have no “impact on their mission.’
Kirby said the Navy is sending a three-star admiral to serve as interim commander of the fleet. He is Vice Admiral James Malloy, a deputy chief of naval operations.
Stearney was born in Chicago, Illinois. He earned a degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame before enlisting in the Navy in 1982.
He then became a fighter pilot, graduating from “Top Gun”, the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School.
Stearney also earned a degree from the National Defense University.
During his career, Stearney flew the FA-18 Hornet. He also served in Kabul, Afghanistan as Chief of a Joint Task Force.
During his career, he flew over 4,500 hours with 1,000 carrier landings.
Stearney’s last public interview was Sept. 9th. It is transcribed here: