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My father was in the same unit (clearance diver) as well as a ships diver (1950s)
A Canadian Forces member was killed at approximately 4:40 p.m. Kandahar time on May 3 when an i m p r ov i s e d explosive device detonated during a dismounted operation.
Petty Officer Second Class Craig Blake, of Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic), Clearence diver, based in Shearwater, Nova Scotia, was serving with Task Force 1-10.
Blake's death brings to 143 the number of Canadian troops to die in the Afghan mission since 2002.
Prayers go out to family and friends
Add my prayers to yours.Bomb disposal is the most dangerous and difficult task undertaken in this combat zone. Our own numbers are nearing 300,a figure nobody wants to see.My heart goes out to the families of all those killed in combat.I was lucky enough to survive two combat postings,and have at present two Grandsons serving in the British Army.My thoughts are with them and every other family with relatives serving in these conditions.
Many Regards Steve.
Craig, former shipmate of mine, was returning from dis-arming an IED. He and his team were returning to camp when they were hit. I haven't heard anymore what other injuries occurred.
I thoroughly agree - a sad day.
I served on 5131 Squadron, 6204 flight at RAF Bicester for just under two years. The work mainly involved clearing explosives from former ranges although we were called out regularly to dispose of UXBs when they were found.
I spent some time at HMS Osprey, when we were clearing Chesil Beach.
I sailed with a Blake that was a Sonarman on the Nipigon....ayone know if this is the same one... I looked at his pic but the years have fogged the memory
The same. I was there and sailed with him also.
FRAGORD is out for the memorial for Craig. It is being held in Shearwater at F Hangar this Friday. Public is requested to be seated by 0930.
Private reception to be held at FDU(A) after with a committal of ashes to the sea via FDU(A) dive tender.
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