close escort

close escort

An escort that maintains its position in the immediate vicinity of the escorted aircraft. The other version of escort is free escort. See escort.
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A coxswain named S A Kerslake, on the Anti Submarine Trawler HMS Northern Gem, part of the close escort for PQ17, recalled his horror.
Nalen says each laden tanker is assigned a lead escort tug, which is tethered to the tanker during the critical passage through Valdez Narrows, and a secondary escort tug acting as close escort.
Archer was assigned to 302nd Fighter Squadron of 332nd Fighter Group, which moved to Italy early in February, 1944, and soon began operations flying on ground attack missions before converting to the P-51 Mustang, when their main role was to provide close escort to the USAAF''s heavy bomber forces.
As the battleships and cruisers withdrew, Captain Jack Broome, in charge of the close escort of destroyers, armed trawlers and anti-aircraft ships, stayed with the convoy.
Captain Charlton who, in 1970, lived in Lobley Hill, Gateshead, said: "The tactical decision to scatter should have been made only by Captain Broome, as senior officer of the close escort, and then only when it was known for certain that the German fleet was at sea and heading towards the convoy.
While many fighter pilots thought avoiding such close escort was a good idea, as the campaign developed the most effective method of escorting the bombers proved to be a combination of close, weaving escorts and far ranging fighter sweeps.
Bookman took off from Gander to provide close escort for a convoy some 900 miles at sea.
Mr Overton's destroyer was on close escort duty and he said: "The German reconnaissance observed the movement of these ships and they entered the North Sea on an easterly direction.
Before a laden tanker departs Port Valdez, a tugboat is tethered to the stem of the ship and another follows in close escort, ready at a moment's notice to provide braking and steering assistance.
She also put pounds 15,000 into Nasri's Limo Lounge car firm and did the accounts after asking him to his close escort agency, Seventh Heaven.
The prisoner, taken from jail under close escort, replied: "I don't know what you're talking about.