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a United States Navy fleet consisting of two or more squadrons of small warships

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a fleet of small craft

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As we slowly advanced up the bay, numerous canoes pushed off from the surrounding shores, and we were soon in the midst of quite a flotilla of them, their savage occupants struggling to get aboard of us, and jostling one another in their ineffectual attempts.
Then in the darkness before the dawn they had come about and steamed northward in close order with the idea of passing through the German battle-line and falling upon the flotilla that was making for New York in support of the German air-fleet.
When the flotilla had been landed, Nicholas and I and a watchman rowed out in one of the Whitehalls, with Charley in the stern- sheets.
Eight days after its departure, the Tampico returned into the bay of Espiritu Santo, with a whole flotilla of steamboats.
During the first few days they were busy discharging the cargo brought by the flotilla, the machines, and the rations, as well as a large number of huts constructed of iron plates, separately pieced and numbered.
Before breakfast the ship was hemmed in by a flotilla of canoes; and when the natives were allowed to come on board, I suppose there could not have been less than two hundred.
A broad stream of dazzling foam trailed behind the flotilla.
Q: Do you think such efforts as dispatching cargo ships and flotillas would convince Israel to lift the distressing blockade of the Gaza Strip?
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon described the action as "unnecessary provocation", adding that "if the so-called helpful Gaza flotillas were really interested in the welfare of the population in Gaza, they would send their aid via Israel.
The group organised two previous flotillas, in 2010 and in 2011.
On Saturday, the Middle East Quartet of Mideast mediators - the US, UN, EU and Russia - urged governments to discourage Gaza-bound flotillas that could escalate tension in the region.
Gaza's PM Ismail Haniyeh condemned what he called "Israeli piracy" and urged other flotillas to attempt to break the Israeli blockade "so Gaza can have freedom of movement to the outside world".
Israeli flotilla plotters said on Thursday they aim to dispatch flotillas with two goals in mind; firstly to confront future Gaza-bound flotillas, and secondly to highlight Turkey's hypocrisy, since it too is an occupying power, had introduced embargoes and oppressed minorities.
He also called for organizing more flotillas to break the siege on Gaza and benefit from the results of the aggression, which created an international atmosphere that supports the Palestinian cause.