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.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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It mounted continuous Combat Air Patrol (CAP) missions during the war to keep the enemy air at bay.
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Description: The CF-188 is a multipurpose, high-performance twin-engine fighter that can handle both air-to-air (air defence, air superiority, combat air patrol) and air-to-ground (close air support, battlefield air interdiction) combat.
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Our Combat Air Patrol team approached and challenged them.

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