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Sortie is a term for deployment of one military aircraft or a ship for the purposes of a specific mission, whether alone, or with other aircraft or vessels. In military aviation it is used to indicate the total usages of individual machines, so that (for example) five planes flying five missions would amount to 25 sorties.

The term originated in naval usage, but was carried over to aircraft. In French, sortie literally means "go out". It has evolved to mean a short period of conflict, as in the time when the vehicles and vessels are away from their carrier or local berth.

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