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 an air defense area to intercept and destroy hostile aircraft before they reach their target.
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To address that problem the service reduced the number of combat air patrols from 65 to 60 within the Air Force.
Roosevelt (CVA 42) in 1966, the Tophatters were flying combat air patrols and strike missions in the F-4B Phantom II, The squadron flew 967 combat sorties totaling 1.
We've seen a dramatic increase in UAV orbits in theater--from 23 combat air patrols twelve months ago, to 34 today.
Unmanned aircraft can provide persistent air cover and reconnaissance capability to ground combat commanders for a lot less than it would take, for example, a pair of fighter aircraft to fly combat air patrols above a friendly unit, link up with refueling tankers repeatedly, and risk losing or damaging airframes, not to mention the risk of losing pilots," said Captain Moore.
In contrast, DOD's reported obligations for Operation Noble Eagle have consistently decreased since fiscal year 2003, largely because of the completion of repairs to the Pentagon and upgrades in security at military installations that were onetime costs, as well as a reduction in combat air patrols and in the number of reserve personnel guarding government installations.
Supporting Operation Noble Eagle, Reserve F-16 fighters flew combat air patrols protecting America's cities, while KC-135 Stratotanker and E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft supported efforts with air refueling and security.
If yesterday we had flown 12 combat air patrols, then today the same people would be flying in support of the deployed forces throughout the world, the only difference being the patch on the pilot's shoulder," said Seip.
NORAD commands F-15 Eagle, F-16 Falcon, and Canadian CF-18 fighter aircraft flying combat air patrols (CAP) and on strip alert (prepared to take off on short notice).
We fly combat air patrols in a different way than we did 20 years ago.
11, 2001, the first military units to respond to the attacks were air defense aircraft from the North Dakota and Massachusetts Air National Guard, providing defensive combat air patrols over Washington and New York.
Besides the highly visible combat air patrols, flown round the clock out of nearby Hill Air Force Base, the Pentagon put armored vehicles, snipers, military police and antiterrorism specialists on the ground, and a dozen Black Hawk helicopters in the air.
His missions included combat air patrols over the fleet, photo escort missions, armed reconnaissance, and close air support.

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