GROTON, Conn. (AP) -- A lawyer for a former submarine commander who faked his death to end an extramarital affair says his client knows he made a mistake but the Navy shouldn't throw away his talent and training.

Navy Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II was relieved of his duties aboard the USS Pittsburgh in August. His lawyer spoke at a hearing Friday before a panel deciding whether Ward 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, posing as a co-worker and saying that Ward had died unexpectedly. Ward has received a letter of reprimand.

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

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