Reports: Navy commander fakes death to get out of relationship

Posted at 8:23 PM, Aug 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-13 20:23:08-04

A Navy commander faked his death to get out of a relationship with a Chesapeake woman.

According to The Day newspaper, the two met on a dating website in October.

The woman told the paper that after the commander got her pregnant, he faked his own death to get out of the relationship.

Commander Michael Ward, II took control of the USS Pittsburgh on August 3rd.

Just one week later, he was relieved of duty onboard the Connecticut-based submarine.

The Navy would only say he was relieved of duty due to a lack of confidence in his ability to command.