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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The Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) Littoral Mission Vessels, Missile Corvette, Patrol Vessel and Landing Ship Tank formed the outer defense layer to the waters off Capella Hotel, where the meeting was held, and conducted close escort of ships transiting the area.
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. The two tugs remain with the tanker throughout the transit to the open ocean beyond Cake Hinchinbrook, south of Valdez.
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.
Placing such a deterrent force on board would reduce the need for EU warships to provide close escort for cargo ships, freeing up the naval vessels for other tasks.
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.
He recalled: "We were flying close escort. I looked over my shoulder and saw someone firing at me, I think it was a Focke Wulf or a ME109.
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.