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From the Italian squadrone, a small number of warships which could comfortably be directed by a single flag officer. The term, in the British Navy, dates from 1588. Later, in the age of steam propulsion, it became the collective name for a small number of warships, usually eight, of the same type.

See also squadronal colours.

See also squadronal colours.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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