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U.S. Navy Statement on Death of Vice Adm. Scott A. Stearney In Bahrain: “At This Time No Foul Play Is Suspected“. So, apparently he wasn’t dismembered Saudi style then. If he was murdered, it was done more subtly.

U.S. Navy Statement on Death of Vice Adm. Scott A. Stearney

Story Number: NNS181201-01Release Date: 12/1/2018 4:27:00 PM
From the Office of the Navy Chief of Information
WASHINGTON (NNS) — Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson released the following statement Dec. 1, 2018, on the death of Vice Adm. Scott A. Stearney who served as commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet.
Team, it’s my sad duty to inform you that today the Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer and I were told that Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, our commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet, was found deceased in his residence in Bahrain today. This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for the team at 5th Fleet, and for the entire U.S. Navy.

Scott Stearney was a decorated naval warrior. He was a devoted husband and father, and he was a good friend to all of us. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Bahraini Ministry of Interior are cooperating on the investigation, but at this time no foul play is suspected. Rear Adm. Paul Schlise, the deputy commander of 5th Fleet, has assumed command and is maintaining continuity in our responsibilities and posture in the U.S. 5th Fleet. I ask that you keep the Stearney family in your prayers and respect their privacy as they navigate through these very difficult times. We will keep you informed as we learn more. Thank you very much. https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=107968

Video Link: http://youtu.be/PhK_a6-qw7A

Bahrain invited Saudi to help suppress its Arab Spring uprisings: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahrain–Saudi_Arabia_relations

MANAMA, Bahrain (Oct. 24, 2018) Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, speaks on the 1MC shipboard intercom to welcome the crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) to Manama, Bahrain, and share words of appreciation for their hard work on the ship’s current deployment. Jason Dunham is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Released)