Vice Admiral Scott A. Stearney, the commander of US Naval Forces Central Command and the US Navy’s 5th Fleet was found dead in his home in Bahrain on December 1st.
”This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for the team at 5th Fleet, and for the entire U.S. Navy,” Richardson said.
Team, it's my sad duty to inform you that today the Secretary of the Navy and I were informed that Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, our commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and commander of U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, was found deceased in his residence in Bahrain today. pic.twitter.com/FN8DAlWUng
— Adm. John Richardson (@CNORichardson) December 1, 2018
“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.”
CNN asked Admiral John Rirchardson whether Stearney was not under investigation.
“No. No investigation. Nothing weird. … It’s a reasonable question, but I’m not aware of anything,” Richardson said. “I’d just ask that everybody keep the Stearney family in their thoughts and prayers as they move through this and also maybe to respect their privacy as they navigate these very, very difficult waters.”
The Maritime Executive provided a short summary of Scott Stearney’s life and military career. In short, he lived for 58 years, he was from Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was part of numerous strike fighter squadrons.
Ashore, he was an instructor and readiness officer “at Navy Fighter Weapons School, aide-de-camp to the Chief of Naval Operations, deputy director J6 U.S. Joint Forces Command, executive assistant to deputy commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command and chief of staff, Strike Force Training Atlantic.”
His flag assignments included the following: U.S. Transportation Command’s Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic, commander, Carrier Strike Group 4 (CCSG-4), commander, Navy Warfare Development Command, and director of operations, U.S. Central Command. He was assigned as commander of US Naval Forces Central Command and the US 5th Fleet in May 2018.
Rear Admiral Paul Schlise, the deputy commander of 5th Fleet, has now assumed command.
Naturally, the death of an Admiral is no small matter and conspiracy theories have sparked. They are further reinforced by the fact that no additional details have been provided regarding his death. The announcement said that “no foul play was suspected” and that it was an “apparent suicide.”
So far, Robert Steele, an ex-CIA Operative has spoken about a version that Scott Stearney was murdered. Various conspiracy websites have cited Steele as saying on Twitter that the Admiral was murdered.
“I am told he was murdered by Bahreini security services at the request of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) element attached to the fifth fleet. I have no direct knowledge. My source tells me he was murdered because he explicitly opposed the planned false flag attack in collaboration with the Israeli Navy simulating an Iranian patrol boat missile attack on a US naval vassal.”
According to the story, there are two possible options regarding Stearney’s death:
“01 He was “suicided” (assassinated) because he was going forward with a false flag approved by Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Trump team got to him in time to stop it and message JSC. Sidebar: US Navy operation, Zionist preoccupied in Syria.”
“02 He was not assassinated by Bahreini at direction of ONI, but rather “suicided” by a JSOG specialist (they are still responsive to Dick Cheney via COG channels) inserted into his special protection detail).”
Steele then claimed that he had no direct knowledge, but what he knew was that “a false flag is planned that frames Iran for an attack on the US Navy; the US Navy has not cleaned house within 5th Fleet; we are still vulnerable to treason within the 5th Fleet.”
He also reminded of the only other case of a commander suicide in the US Navy, the 1996 death of Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Jeremy M. Boorda. His death is also surrounded by a lot of conspiracy, strongly reinforced by the fact that his two suicide notes were not disclosed.
VPK News cited Yevgeny Krutikov of the newspaper Vzglyad, has his own version of Stearrney’s suicide. In late October, the journalist recalled that two Iranian missile boats suddenly appeared in neutral waters near the USS Essex. One of them crossed the course of a large amphibious assault ship of the US Navy, which also served as the floating headquarters of the 5th Fleet, and the other attached itself to the stern of the Essex. Meaning that the Iranians could have allegedly sunk the warship, because the US sailors did not notice the small missile boats.
According to Krutikov, General Joseph Votel, the head of the Central Command of the US Armed Forces (CENTCOM) was also on the Essex. Votel’s responsibilities include East Africa as well as almost all of the Middle East.
Gen. Votel called the interactions “normal, safe and professional interaction out here in international waters.” He went on to praise the professionalism and vigilance of the Essex crew. Krutikov, however, claims that the General may have put up a front and actually scolded Admiral Stearney in secrecy. Thus, Scott Stearney may have been threatened of dismissal due to incompetency.