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Navy officer in Conn. apologizes over affair

MICHAEL MELIA • Apr 12, 2013 at 4:58 PM

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — A former submarine commander who faked his death to end an extramarital affair is apologizing to the Navy, the sailors who served under him and his wife.

Navy Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II spoke at a hearing Friday before a panel deciding whether he will be expelled from the service.

A Navy investigation found the married 43-year-old sent his mistress in Virginia an email from a fictitious person named Bob in July, saying Ward had died unexpectedly. Ward has been relieved of his duties aboard the USS Pittsburgh.

Ward says he accept "full and total accountability" for his behavior.

A lieutenant acting as a prosecutor says there's no place in the Navy for a man of Ward's character.

The three-officer panel that will decide whether Ward stays in the Navy has begun deliberating.

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