Report: Canada Renaming Military Branches
August 15, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
OTTAWA, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Canadian officials have decided to go back to the country’s old names for its military branches, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.
The CBC said it obtained a document revealing the Maritime Command and Air Command will revert to their old names of Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force, last used in 1968. The Land Force Command will be renamed the Canadian Army, the network said.
Defense Minister Peter MacKay is to announce the name changes Tuesday.
The document obtained by the CBC said returning to the old names will restore “an important and recognizable part of Canada’s military heritage.”
“These were the services that fought and emerged victorious from the Second World War and Korea and contributed to the defense of Europe and North America from the early days of the Cold War,” states a note the CBC said appears to have been sent to Canadian military personnel. “These were also the services that paved the way in terms of international peacekeeping missions.”
Some veterans have been advocating for the change but Jack Harris of the New Democratic Party calls it “unnecessary” and “divisive.”