|Sub boss faked death to end extramarital affair|
Meeting on a dating website last October, Navy Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II, 43, reportedly told the 23-year-old woman he was separating from his wife and that he worked in "special ops."
The woman told The Day newspaper in Connecticut that Ward used the name Tony Moore in his emails and that she only learned about his true identity when she met him in person.
Months into the alleged affair, the woman said she received received an email purportedly from Ward's co-worker named Bob, who used Ward's account.
"I am extremely sorry to tell you that he is gone," the email dated July 6 said, according to The Day. "We tried everything we could to save him. I cannot say more. I am sorry it has to be this way."
The woman, who has not been named, then drove to his home in Burke, Virginia to pay her respects, only to be told by the new owner that that Ward had just relocated for his new job.
During the ordeal, she told the paper that she became ill and was hospitalized and found out she was pregnant, but that the baby was lost.
The woman said she contacted the Naval Criminal Investigative Service about the incident.
"I don't want revenge here," the woman told The Day. "I want everyone to know the truth about Michael. He does not need to be commanding a submarine. He's a deceitful man."
A Navy press release said Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II was relieved and demoted to an administrative job "due to lack of confidence in Ward's ability to command based upon allegations of personal misconduct."
"Our Navy has a very clear and unambiguous standard regarding the character of our commanding officers, spelled out in the Charge of Command. I reviewed this charge with Cmdr. Ward before he assumed command. He understood the Navy's high standards for command leadership and he failed to uphold them," Navy Capt. Vernon Parks said in a press release.
Ward was relieved of his duties only a week after taking the position as commander of the Connecticut-based nuclear submarine, USS Pittsburgh.