combat air patrol


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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.
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At about noon, combat air patrol intercepted an incoming Japanese dive bomber raid on USS Yorktown (CV 5).
During the 1991 Gulf War, 24 CF-18s participated in the American-led Desert Storm campaign against Iraq, mostly in combat air patrol missions to protect naval ships but also in bombing missions in the last stages of the war.
In talks held so far with the coalition parties -- the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Liberal Party and the New Komeito party -- as well as with the government, the agency explained that the expanded flight times will enable Japan to undertake combat air patrol and decrease the number of takeoffs and landings during drills, which will help alleviate the problem of noise pollution.
Air Force F-15s and Navy F-14s helped the Marines provide combat air patrol and mine sweeps.
Ranger launched its first aircraft shortly after 0600 on 4 October, an ASW patrol of two SBDs and four F4Fs asa combat air patrol.
Some of these tankers keep combat air patrol fighters in the air over the U.
For instance, my organization can rely on a particular time block on a given Predator combat air patrol and schedule the asset to cover missions during that time according to our priorities.
The same applies when flying an endless combat air patrol (CAP).
Other pilots, seeing that, created a special combat air patrol and flew CAP over the fishing boats so that we could declare the air foul and not the location proper for the expenditure of ordnance.
After dropping bombs on some trucks on Route 1A, the flight established a MiG combat air patrol and waited for controllers on Long Beach (CGN 9), known as Red Crown, to vector them toward any MiGs in the air.
A single combat air patrol, or CAP, consists of three to four aircraft and two ground control stations--one deployed in theater to launch and recover the planes and one located in the United States to fly the missions.

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