The latest member of the Canadian Forces killed in Afghanistan was an Ontario man stationed at CFB Shearwater.

Petty Officer (second class) Craig Blake died Monday by an improvised explosive device while he and his team were walking back to camp after disarming another IED near Pay-e-Moluk, a village about 25 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City.

Blake, a 37-year-old from Simcoe, Ont., leaves behind his wife and two children. He was only in Afghanistan for a couple of weeks on his first tour in the country when he was killed.


Blake was a navy clearance diver based at CFB Shearwater but was sent to Afghanistan as an explosive ordnance disposal operator.

To honour the fallen soldier, flags at all government buildings in Nova Scotia were lowered to half-mast Monday.

"Blake gave his life to help others, and that will not be forgotten," Premier Darrell Dexter said in a statement.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper added Blake was a "brave Canadian who made the ultimate sacrifice while proudly serving his country."

The latest death brings to 143 the total number of Canadian troops who have died as part of the Afghan mission since it began in 2002.

With files from the Canadian Press

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