Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 04, 2010 07:49 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Petty Officer Second Class Craig Blake

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 4, 2010) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian Forces member:

"We deeply mourn yesterday's loss of a dedicated Canadian Forces member who died in Afghanistan. Petty Officer Second Class Craig Blake was killed after an improvised explosive device detonated during a dismounted operation. I extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.

Petty Officer Blake served bravely and with pride alongside his comrades to help build a better and brighter future for Afghans. His tragic passing illustrates some of the risks that the selfless men and women of the Canadian Forces face every day in carrying out their duties.

Canada's participation in this United Nations-mandated NATO-led mission is a true reflection of the Canadian values of helping those in need and defending the interests of those who can't yet defend themselves.

I am truly proud our men and women of the Canadian Forces as they courageously risk their lives to bring peace and security to the people of Afghanistan."

Killed in action was Petty Officer Second Class Craig Blake a member of Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic), based in Shearwater, Nova Scotia. He was serving with Task Force 1-10.

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