Blake International USA Rigs, LLC of Houma, Louisiana announces the appointment of John Buckelew to Vice-President of Sales & Marketing. He joins Blake International with 28 years of experience. Also appointed is Ronnie Haydel as HS&E Manager with 28 years of experience. Most recently, both worked in their respective management positions with Pride Offshore, Inc.; a subsidiary of Pride International Inc. of Houston, Texas.

Ray Rebstock, VP of Operations for US & Mexico commented, "The addition of Mr. Buckelew and Mr. Haydel completes a dedicated and experienced management team that is eager to move forward and further advance Blake International in the platform rig market."

Blake International USA Rigs, LLC owns and operates ten platform drilling and workover rigs in the United States Gulf of Mexico and offshore Mexico.

Effective October 31, 2008, Blake International USA Rigs, LLC is no longer affiliated with Blake Offshore, LLC. However, Mike Blake continues to serve on the Board of Directors and still remains the single largest shareholder.



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