Forces to regain regal titles

Government to restore historical names for army, navy and air force

Canada’s military is royal once more. In a symbolic move, the Canadian government is renaming the three branches of the armed forces, restoring the “royal” moniker to the air force and navy and tacking ‘Canadian’ onto the army. Defence Minister Peter MacKay told CTV the changes correct a “historical mistake.” The forces lost their regal titles when the once-separate branches were combined in 1968. Under the changes, the air force, now known as Air Command, will become the Royal Canadian Air Force. The army, currently Land Force Command, will become the Canadian Army, and Maritime Command will be once again known as the Royal Canadian Navy.

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