President Trump Names Replacement For Admiral That Died Suddenly

Navy Vice Adm. James J. Malloy was nominated and reappointment to the rank of vice admiral, and assignment as commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command; commander, Fifth Fleet; and commander, Combined Maritime Forces, in Bahrain. Malloy was serving as deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans, and strategy, N3/N5, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.

He was nominated to lead U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command on Thursday and confirmed by the Senate in a voice vote shortly after the announcement. The rapid confirmation follows the sudden death of former commander Vice Adm. Scott Stearney on Dec. 1, 2018.

Stearney was appointed to the rank of vice admiral, and assignment as commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command; commander, Fifth Fleet; and commander, Combined Maritime Forces, Bahrain in March of this year.

Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. Fifth Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, welcomes the crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham to Manama, Bahrain, on Oct. 24, 2018. (Jonathan Clay/U.S. Navy)