flotilla (n.) Look up flotilla at Dictionary.com
"a small fleet," 1711, from Spanish flotilla, diminutive of flota "a fleet," from flotar "to float," which is said to be from Old French floter "to float, set afloat," which is from a word in Frankish or some other Germanic language corresponding to Old English flood (n.). Compare Old Norse floti "raft; fleet." Sometimes also "a fleet of small ships."