, meaning a small flota
) of ships, and this from French flotte
), 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
, torpedo boats
, or minesweepers
. Groups of larger warships are usually called squadrons
, but similar units of non-capital ships may be called squadrons in some places and times, and flotillas in others.
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
. A flotilla is often, but not necessarily, a permanent formation.
In modern navies, flotillas have tended to become administrative units containing several squadrons
.: "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......