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Jones Renews Effort To Rename Dept. of Navy

By Ed O'Keefe

What's in a name? In Washington, almost everything.

Department of the Navy

This town is obsessed with names, ranks, titles, organizational flow charts and preserving one's turf. And now there's a renewed effort by Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) to rename the Department of the Navy to the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.

It may seem like a small technical detail, but Jones said it would help establish the Marine Corps' equal standing with the Army, Air Force and Navy and extend a simple courtesy to the families of Marines killed in action.

"There isn't a subordinate relationship between the Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marines Corps," Jones said in a statement. "They are equivalent parts of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and it is time to recognize their equal status."

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By Ben Pershing  |  January 8, 2009; 10:28 AM ET
Categories:  Branch vs. Branch , House  
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