What does "Squadron" mean?

Today it means: A small naval unit, a cavalry unit or basic air force unit

The word originates from the Italian squadrone which was a square formation of solders. The term was used by the British Army for a troop of cavalry smaller then a regiment and also used by the Royal Navy for a group of ships detached from the fleet and deployed for a particular task. When the Royal Air Force was formed it borrowed terms from the other services and a squadron became the basic unit for a formation of between 12 and 24 aircraft.

See also: Tun  and: Buccaneers 

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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