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Canadian military websites go royal

Canadian Forces websites were royalized even as Defence Minister Peter McKay formally made the announcement on Tuesday morning.

MacKay, speaking in Halifax, restored the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force, and made the Land Force Command the Canadian Army.

The name changes so far appear superficial: The RCN website text still refers to "Maritime Command," and the Canadian Army site text still mentions "Canadian Forces." It remains to be seen whether such terms will remain as synonyms for the new names.

Also uncertain: Whether the Royal Canadian Air Force 5BX workout booklet, first published in 1961 and extremely popular in the 1960s and 70s, will enjoy a similar resurrection.

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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