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.
By SailingQuiz November 2019 Category: Sailing Terms
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Definition of the nautical phrase "Squadron".