Petty Officer Second Class Craig Blake
Petty Officer 2nd Class Craig Blake, a clearance diver with Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic (FDUA), was just 37 years old when he was tragically killed when an improvised explosive device detonated during a dismounted operation. PO2 Blake will be remembered as a brave man with a strong sense of duty and a dedicated soldier whose skills as a diver and a leader were well respected.
As a native of Simcoe, Ontario, PO2 Blake joined the navy in his late teens and was with the FDUA since 2000. He started out in underwater engineering and battle damage repair before he began training. As a trainer, he took great pride in the physical training of navy divers, combat army divers and Special Forces Divers.
While some colleagues remember him as a quiet guy, they say his actions spoke louder than his words. Always the consummate professional, PO2 Blake put the safety of his team above everything.
His excellence in physical training was also a big part of his personal life. He was an avid fitness enthusiast, enjoying cycling in any weather. In September 2008, Blake competed in the Navy Fitness Challenge as the cyclist member of a triathlon team competing in the open category, where his team, named Waterwings, won the category.
PO2 Blake will be remembered as a kind-hearted, determined man who was committed to seeing things through and doing what he thought was right. He will be sadly missed by his family, colleagues and friends. He is survived by his wife, Priscilla and their two sons Ty and Cain.