Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 05, 2010 13:07 ET

Media Advisory: Our Fallen Comrade Returns Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 5, 2010) - Our fallen comrade, Petty Officer Second Class Craig Blake of Maritime Forces Atlantic's , Fleet Diving Unit, based in Shearwater, Nova Scotia, returns home to Canada tomorrow.

Where: 8 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario.
   
When: Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 2 p.m.
   
What: At the request of the family media will not be permitted on the tarmac.

Present to pay their respects will be Her Excellency The Governor General of Canada, The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Minister of National Defence, The Honourable Peter MacKay, Vice Admiral Dean McFadden, Commander Maritime Command and other dignitaries.

Petty Officer Second Class Blake was killed after an improvised explosive device detonated during a dismounted operation, about 25 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City, in the Panjwayi District. The incident occurred at approximately 4:40 p.m. Kandahar time on May 3, 2010.

Petty Officer Second Class Blake was serving with Task Force 1-10.

As this is a solemn and formal occasion, all attending are requested to dress appropriately.

Contact Information

  • Captain Mark Peebles
    8 Wing/CFB Trenton Public Affairs Officer
    613-392-2811, ext. 2041
    Cell: 613-243-6358
    mark.peebles@forces.gc.ca