A flotilla (from Spanish, meaning a small flota (fleet) of ships, and this from French flotte, and this from Russian "флот" (flot), meaning "fleet"), or naval flotilla, is a formation of small warships that may be part of a larger fleet. A flotilla is usually composed of a homogeneous group of the same class of warship, such as frigates, destroyers, torpedo boats, submarines, gunboats, or minesweepers. Groups of larger warships are usually called squadrons, but similar units of non-capital ships may be called squadrons in some instances, and flotillas in others. Formations including more than one capital ships, e.g. men-of-war, battleships, and aircraft carriers, typically alongside smaller ships and support craft, are typically called fleets, each portion led by a capital ship being a squadron or task force (see reference below). A flotilla is usually commanded by a rear admiral, a commodore or a captain, depending on the importance of the command (a vice admiral would normally command a squadron). A flotilla is often divided into two or more divisions, each of which might be commanded by the most senior commander, nearly always a lieutenant at the very least. A flotilla is often, but not necessarily, a permanent formation. In modern navies, flotillas have tended to become administrative units containing several squadrons. As warships have grown larger, the term squadron has gradually replaced the term flotilla for formations of destroyers, frigates and submarines in many navies. A naval flotilla has no direct equivalent on land, but is, perhaps, the rough equivalent in tactical value of a brigade or regiment.
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US Coast Guard
In the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, a
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Chesapeake Bay Flotilla
Chief Director of Auxiliary (2007-02-15). "USCG G-PCX Web Site -
^ "military unit." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2010. Encyclopædia
Britannica Online. 16 Oct. 2010
"Administratively, several ships of the same type (e.g., destroyers)
are organized into a squadron. Several squadrons in turn form a
flotilla, several of which in turn form a fleet. For operations,
however, many navies organize their vessels into task units (3–5
ships), task or battle groups (4–10 ships), task forces (2–5 task
groups), and fleets (several task forces)."
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Coast Guard Auxiliary Los Angeles Flotilla Coast Guard Auxiliary Lake Clarke Flotilla
Naval units and formations
Division Squadron Flotilla Carrier battle group Task force Naval fleet