Nuclear Submarine Captain Relieved Of Command After Allegedly Faking His Own Death

Navy Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II has ended his career as the captain of a nuclear submarine with something of a crash dive. Ward reportedly first had an affair in violation of Navy rules and then tried to end his affair by sending a fake email from a friend informing the mistress that Ward, 43, had died. When the woman went to his house to give her condolences, she learned that he had moved with his family to Connecticut to assume control over the USS Pittsburgh.

Ward lasted only a week as captain of the nuclear submarine when he was relieved of his duties.

For the misconduct, Ward received a letter of reprimand for adultery and other military violations, and he is being mustered out of the Navy. There is no clear crime in these actions since he did not commit fraud to gain any financial or economic benefit. Indeed, this is the opposite of the usual military pick line — he is lying to end a relationship.

Ward had previously worked for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, but appears to have passed all testing (and presumably a lie detector) to assume control of a billion dollar nuclear submarine. He reportedly met the woman on a dating site and he had learned that the twenty-something woman was pregnant. She later lost the baby due to complications.

It would be interesting to see if the mistress wanted to pursue a lawsuit for emotional distress due to the claimed fatality.

Source: Ny Daily News

62 thoughts on “Nuclear Submarine Captain Relieved Of Command After Allegedly Faking His Own Death”

  1. Oh and I just wanted to add… If they can get to a loose-cannon POTUS to do stuff then a loose-cannon sub commander with his finger on BOTH nuclear launch keys is a no brainer for them.

    Case in point the incident in 2007 with US JCS. They had to unilaterally countermand a DIRECT POTUS order to dispatch via B52’s nuclear weapons from Minot ND to Bossier City LA then onto a certain little country in the Med. What were they going to be used for? Plausibly deniable tactical nuke strike on Natanz and other Persian targets of opportunity. JCS was right… this would have lead to WW3 as Putin and Hu Jintao would not just sit idle for this act of utter lunacy by a sitting POTUS. – Source – Wayne Madsen (waynemadsenreport.com)

    More data on this can be found if you Wikipedia “2007 United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident”. It’s the whitewashed sanitized version of what happened. Go to Wayne’s web site to see what REALLY happened. No these people are NOT our friends! Just ask US Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ariel J. Weinmann who is now serving his 12 year sentence for what? How did they get him? Easy-peasy as the say!

  2. @idealist707 – Yes you are correct about US “nuclear submarines”. But somehow I think you already knew that.

    @Dredd – Yes Anthropogenic Climate Change is VERY real. The Inuits made notice that north pole sea ice is so much thinner on orders of magnitude today. Polar Bears now seem to have no ice chunks to float on and have to swim just about everywhere they go to eat (the seals are very happy though – LOL). And look up that funny sounding gun called Clathrate and try and draw a connection to those suspicious USCG deaths back in 2006. Methane is being “naturally” released all over the oceans and it is not funny. Our sub commanders need to be very worried about this as A-N-Y vessel will loose total buoyancy and sink to the bottom in a Clathrate emission. And blowing ballast WONT help one bit!

    @All – A sub commander need be worried about his moral turpitude not just for US Navy integrity but also due to small “friendly” nations who live by the motto “By deception we will conquer.” – conquer what and who? I mean, look how a “honeypot” (arguably by them) took out NY governor Elliot Spitzer, how it recently almost took out our POTUS USSS team in South America (also by them), and there are other infiltration scenarios that impacted many of our Navy boys and a certain 64-year old “friendly” nation in the Med. Need I remind you of the many “moving van” incidents (swept under the rug) at CONUS US Sub Bases with guys with dual passports and diplomatic immunity? No the Russians are not the problem here it’s their brothers to the south. Who said in Oct 2001 “America is no problem for our people as we control America.”? (that was paraphrased). Now a law is being considered here in USA that bans such speech at US colleges and universities? WTF is going on here? Victor Ostrovsky was right “With friends like this who needs…” fill in the blank.

    I wish all US Navy personnel to remember the USS Liberty in 1967 and realize that we need to be vigilante AGAINST even our so-called “friends”. This commander will wind up on MSNBC, FOX NEWS, CNN or some private security company as a “consultant” after his 1-year senence… bet on it.

  3. Dredd:

    “You know what kills most helicopter pilots up in Arctic Alaska?

    Horny male mosquitoes who think the helicopter is a female mosquito.”

    there is much truth in that.

  4. @bettykath: Tony, sorry about talking about you in your presence but it must be said.

    Not a problem; thanks for the compliments.

    I’ve even used what I’ve learned from him in subsequent postings.

    I am glad to hear that too!

  5. When I was at the Great Lakes Navy base, back in the day, a Second Class Petty Officer instructor said his wife was having an affair with the Lieutenant.

    He put a handgun in a drawer of the desk and said he had to go to the restroom. There are a bunch of boot trainees setting there. I got the handgun and we all left.

  6. Matt Johnson 1, September 20, 2012 at 8:45

    Guess again.
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    I suppose you fled because of perdition, a growing meme complex eh?:

    The seventh commandment says “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Nevertheless, this sin has been committed throughout history. Today, though, adultery seems more rampant than ever. While tabloid stories report the affairs of politicians, millionaires, and movie stars, films like “The English Patient,” “The Prince of Tides,” or “The Bridges of Madison Country” feature and even promote adultery.

    How prevalent is adultery? Two of the most reliable studies come to similar conclusions. The Janus Report on Sexual Behavior estimates that “More than one-third of men and one-quarter of women admit having had at least one extramarital sexual experience.” A survey by the National Opinion Research Center (University of Chicago) found lower percentages: 25 percent of men had been unfaithful and 17 percent of women. Even when these lower ratios are applied to the current adult population, that means that some 19 million husbands and 12 million wives have had an affair.

    (Adultery and Society). In a lot of places they stone, burn, mutilate, and otherwise respond to such hated pulsations (Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iran, Navy?).

    Listen to the About of Dredd, then learn to “never give up!” (in moderation) lest thou become The Black Night sir Matt.

  7. Blouise 1, September 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    bettykatn,

    Tony C is consistently clear in his reasoning and gives us the respect of excellent prose construction.
    —————————

    Yes. I’ve even used what I’ve learned from him in subsequent postings. I always read his stuff. Yours, too. : )

    Tony, sorry about talking about you in your presence but it must be said.

  8. Matt Johnson 1, September 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Have you ever been in the military. That movie wasn’t too far off the mark.

    I was Enlisted. I’ve never been on a submarine.
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    I think “avoidance of conflict” is an appropriate subject to consider when contemplating the evidence against this Captain … but that may be scientific friction … Jimmy Carter was a nuky sub expert … for many years … and I think he was and is stable enough to realize avoidance of conflict is not axiomatically a vice, nor axiomatically a virtue.

    But it takes more than religious taboo to establish that, especially in the context of world destruction.

    Thus, I do not think the removal of this Captain was done with the requisite maturity required in our current world.

  9. Have you ever been in the military. That movie wasn’t too far off the mark.

    I was Enlisted. I’ve never been on a submarine.

  10. Matt Johnson 1, September 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    The house of cards? One unbalanced Nuclear Submarine Captain.
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    And that is the point.

    What is “unbalanced” … ???

  11. Matt Johnson 1, September 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Dredd,

    The nuky commander can nuke a country and kill millions of people, perhaps even destroying civilization (The Teapot In A Tempest), but they can’t improperly end a boner relationship?

    As Al “we don’t need no stinking badges” Gonzo once said “How Quaint!”
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    Ask Gene Hackman. What happens if it isn’t a movie?
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    Exactly.

    “This ain’t no disco, this ain’t no fooling around”:

    The … U.S. … tripled its arms sales last year … cornering almost 78% of the global arms trade.

    … as a presidential appointee to high office, I had high level security clearances. In addition to my duties as Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, I had FEMA responsibilities in the event of nuclear attack. There was a mountain hideaway to which I was supposed to report in the event of a nuclear attack and from which I was supposed to take over the US government in the event no higher official survived the attack.

    The government’s agents and apologists try to deflect attention from disturbing facts by redefining factual evidence revealed by experts as the product of “a conspiracy culture.” If people despite their brainwashing and lack of scientific education are able to absorb the information made available to them, perhaps both the US Constitution and peace could be restored. Only informed people can restrain Washington and avert the crazed hegemonic US government from destroying the world in war
    .

    (The Government of MOMCOM: Wartocracy). It is utter madness to worry about that kind of thing (sexual indiscretion) while arming the world that is turning against us daily.

  12. Dredd,

    The nuky commander can nuke a country and kill millions of people, perhaps even destroying civilization (The Teapot In A Tempest), but they can’t improperly end a boner relationship?

    As Al “we don’t need no stinking badges” Gonzo once said “How Quaint!”
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    Ask Gene Hackman. What happens if it isn’t a movie?

  13. Evidently the charges were improper adultery detachment:

    “Commander Ward’s dishonesty and deception in developing, maintaining, and attempting to end his inappropriate relationship … were egregious and are not consistent with our Navy’s expectations of a commissioned officer,” wrote Navy Capt. Vernon Parks, commander of a submarine development squadron.

    (see JT’s link to the main story). So is there a proper way to have a relationship like that without being disciplined, which is, ending it Navily?

    How just is all that?

    The nuky commander can nuke a country and kill millions of people, perhaps even destroying civilization (The Teapot In A Tempest), but they can’t improperly end a boner relationship?

    As Al “we don’t need no stinking badges” Gonzo once said “How Quaint!”

  14. idealist707 1, September 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Henman,

    You are much younger than I. We only could make noises and push them around the bathtub by hand.

    And I who can’t even make my pancakes rise with baking soda.
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    Have you tried Viagra? 😉

  15. Matt Johnson 1, September 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Dredd,

    DADT was rhetorical. Has to do with credibility.
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    Ok.

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