KODIAK, Alaska (AP) – The Coast Guard has received the first of five new multipurpose aircraft that will replace its aging air fleet at an air station in Alaska.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports the HC-130J Super Hercules landed at Air Station Kodiak this week to replace one of the five C-130H airplanes in operation at the station. The remaining four planes are expected to be delivered by late next year.

The military aircraft serves multiple functions, including use in search and rescue, patrol and law enforcement operations.

The new model, built by the Lockheed Martin Corp., has increased capabilities and updated technology. The Coast Guard says the aircraft provides a “20 percent increase in speed and altitude” with its more advanced engines and propellers.

Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com

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