A fleet or naval fleet is a large formation of warships, which is controlled by one leader and the largest formation in any navy. A fleet at sea is the direct equivalent of an army on land.
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Fleets are usually, but not necessarily, permanent formations and are
generally assigned to a particular ocean or sea. Most fleets are named
after that ocean or sea, but the convention in the United States Navy
is to use numbers.
A fleet is normally commanded by an admiral, who is often also a
commander in chief, but many fleets have been or are commanded by vice
admirals or even rear admirals. Most fleets are divided into several
squadrons, each under a subordinate admiral. Those squadrons in turn
are often divided into divisions. In the age of sail, fleets were
divided into van, centre and rear squadrons, named after each
squadron’s place in the line of battle. In more modern times, the
squadrons are typically composed of homogeneous groups of the same
class of warship, such as battleships or cruisers.
Since many smaller navies only contain a single fleet, the term the
fleet is often synonymous with the navy.
Multinational fleets are not uncommon in naval history. For example,
several nations made up the Holy League fleet at the Battle of Lepanto
in 1571. In modern times,
list of fleets
External links Media related to Fleets at Wikimedia Commons
Naval units and formations
Division Squadron Flotilla Carrier battle group Task