rescue combat air patrol


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rescue combat air patrol

An aircraft patrol provided over a combat search and rescue objective area for the purpose of intercepting and destroying hostile aircraft. Its primary mission is to protect the search and rescue task forces during recovery operations. Also called RESCAP. See also combat air patrol.
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Rescue Combat Air Patrol (RESCAP) was a very important mission and a real morale booster for aircrews.
Meanwhile, the rescue combat air patrol (RESCAP) aircraft overhead were under heavy fire.