The Air National Guard of the State of California has received delivery of the first of four HC-130J Combat King II combat search-and-rescue transports and tankers. Developed by Lockheed Martin, these aircraft will be operated by the 129th Rescue Wing (RQW), stationed at Moffett Air National Guard Base, California. The aircraft will replace the fleet of MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft currently operated by the 129th RQW, which carries out a wide range of civilian missions, including providing aid to distressed persons on board ships, search and rescue of lost or injured hikers, and medical evacuations.

According to Lockheed Martin Air Mobility and Maritime Missions Vice-President and General Manager George Shultz, “The 129th RQW has long relied on its MC-130Ps to exemplify the National Guard’s commitment to being, ‘Always Ready, Always There.’ The arrival of these new HC-130Js ensures these airmen will have the increased power, enhanced capabilities, and proven performance that will continue to help save lives in California, throughout the Pacific region, and around the world.”