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CAP stands for Combat Air Patrol. Combat Air Patrol can be an offensive or defensive force of fighters used in a space superiority or fleet defense role.

There are several variations of the classic Combat Air Patrol.

  • FORCAP (Forward Combat Air Patrol)
    • A fighter sweep ahead of advancing forces
  • TARCAP (Targeted Combat Air Patrol)
    • Air Superiority Mission in a specific area
  • BARCAP (Barrier Combat Air Patrol, or blockade)
    • Blockade line fighter support and patrol