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The Later Cold War
From RCN to Maritime Command

The creation of the single-service Canadian Forces in 1968 transformed the Royal Canadian Navy into Maritime Command. The unification of the armed services brought tremendous change, introducing standardized uniforms and other common procedures that replaced older traditions. Federal policy and human rights rulings also increased the use of French, and began to abolish most limits on women's military service.

Sailor's Uniform, mid-1960s
Sailor's Uniform, mid-1960s

This sailor's uniform from the mid-1960s was among the last issued by the Royal Canadian Navy.

Although still made of dark blue wool, it incorporated post-war changes like a zippered fly to replace the buttoned drop front on the trousers. Manufactured in 1966 and 1967, its various elements were issued near the end of the existence of the Royal Canadian Navy, just before its transformation into part of the Canadian Forces. Within a few years, such traditional attire would be replaced with a green tri-service uniform common to navy, army, and air force.

Uniform, Service Dress

Service dress jumper, CWM 19840126-031
Service dress shirt, CWM 19840126-035
Service dress trousers, CWM 19840126-032

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