After moving to Connecticut, Ward learned that his mistress was pregnant. In late July, he met with her to discuss how to handle the pregnancy. Soon afterward the woman lost the baby due to complications, the investigation report says.
Ward was found guilty of Uniform Code of Military Justice violations including dereliction of duty, unbecoming conduct and adultery, and received the punitive letter of reprimand, Cragg said.
U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, a Democrat whose eastern Connecticut district includes the submarine base, said it was a sad situation.
"The Navy doesn't kid around with its leadership," he said. "These positions, to command submarines, are very competitive and I think the Navy is right to hold people to the highest standard."