combat air patrol

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Related to Target Combat air patrol: Fly cap, Barrier Combat air patrol, TARCAP

combat air patrol

An aircraft patrol provided over an objective area, the force protected, the critical area of a combat zone, or in an air defense area, for the purpose of intercepting and destroying hostile aircraft before they reach their targets. Also called CAP. See also airborne alert; barrier combat air patrol; patrol; rescue combat air patrol.