Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander of the US Naval Forces Central Command and the US Fifth Fleet, was found dead in his residence in Bahrain on Saturday, US military officials said.
No foul play is suspected John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations Adm., Said death is still ongoing.
Defense Department sources told CBS News that the death was "an obvious suicide."
Fifth Fleet and the entire Navy, "Richardson said, according to NavyTimes. "He was a good friend for all of us."
Stearney, a Chicago native, served as Operations Director for the US High Command before assuming the leadership of the Fifth Fleet in May, the NavyTimes report said.  He oversaw the US naval operations in the Middle East and Southwest Asia, including the protection of the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Red Sea, the New York Times reported. Stearney joined the Navy in 1982 after graduating from the University of Notre Dame.
Stearney's fifth fleet requirement is from Konteradm. Paul Schlise, the deputy commander of the fleet.
The fifth fleet includes the Arabs The Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea.
The investigation is under the responsibility of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the Bahraini Ministry of the Interior.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.