The Senate has confirmed Vice Adm. James Malloy to lead U.S. 5th Fleet, replacing Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, who was found dead in his Bahrain home on Dec. 1, a congressional staffer told Task & Purpose on Thursday.

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Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, the commander of 5th Fleet, was found dead on Saturday in his home in Bahrain, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson has announced.

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U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin J. Steinberg

Editor’s Note: This article by Gina Harkins originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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The Navy just redesignated a civilian support ship as a warship in case it needs to carry out military operations under the laws of armed conflict while in theater — a decision that will allow for flexibility in emergency situations.

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Specialist 2nd Class Andrew B. Church

The lights of Doha spark awake as the dhow floats gently in the harbor. It is a majestic metropolis with a beating heart, yet artificial and soulless, the cracks in the ceiling flaking down before my eyes.

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