Canada

Navy gets uniform changes

The Canadian navy will honour active service by introducing one new feature and reinstating another for its uniforms, Defence Minister Peter MacKay said Sunday.

The Canadian navy will honour active service by introducing one new feature and reinstating another for its uniforms, Defence Minister Peter MacKay said Sunday.

The navy will add a badge called a Sea Service Insignia, to recognize those who have spent significant amounts of time at sea.

Four different levels have been designed, with members receiving the first badge for 365 days logged.

In addition, the government will reinstate the "executive curl," a loop on the braid of a naval officer's rank insignia, worn on the topmost stripe of a tunic sleeve or epaulette.

The executive curl was adopted by the Canadian Navy when it was formed in 1910.

"The executive curl provides a distinct naval officer identity that was lost when the National Defence Act unified the three services in 1968. What better time to bring back this tradition than in the year of the Canadian Navy's 100th anniversary," MacKay said.

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