Haddonfield native serves aboard Navy warship in Norfolk

Navy Airman Adriana King of Haddonfield, NJ (Dustin Good photo/US Navy)Navy Airman Adriana King of Haddonfield, NJ (Dustin Good photo/US Navy)

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tom Gagnier
Navy Office of Community Outreach

NORFOLK, VA—A Haddonfield, New Jersey, native and 2015 Haddon Heights High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Kearsarge.

Adrianna King is an Airman aboard the amphibious transport dock operating out of Norfolk.

Kearsarge, one of the Navy’s most advanced amphibious ships, is designed to deliver Marines and their equipment where they are needed to support a variety of missions ranging from amphibious assaults to humanitarian relief efforts.

A Navy Airman is responsible for handling and fueling aircraft.

“I am always polite when speaking to others.” King said. “I was captain of my high school cheerleading team.”

Sailors’ jobs are highly varied aboard USS Kearsarge. More than 400 men and women make up the ship’s crew, which keeps all parts of the ship running smoothly, from handling weaponry to maintaining the engines. An additional 700 Marines can be embarked. USS Kearsarge is capable of transporting Marines and landing them where they are needed via helicopters, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and landing craft.

“The success of our Surface Force ships is measured by our ability to provide Fleet Commanders with combat naval power at sea and to project that power ashore where and when it matters,” said Vice Adm. Richard A. Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces. “It’s hard work to ready ships for combat operations at sea – it takes the talent of an entire crew working well together. I’m extremely proud of the each and every surface warrior’s contributions to the Navy’s enduring mission of protecting and defending America, at home and around the world.”

These amphibious transport dock ships support amphibious assault, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions and can serve as secondary aviation platforms for amphibious ready groups. Because of their inherent capabilities, these ships have been and will continue to be called upon to support humanitarian and other contingency missions on short notice.

King has military ties with family members who have previously served and is honored to carry on the family tradition.

“My grandfather was in the Vietnam conflict,” King said. “I also have an uncle who served in the Army, and an aunt in the Navy.”

King’s proudest accomplishment was being a part of humanitarian relief efforts provided by USS Kearsarge following hurricane Irma in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

“I am meeting a lot of different people, with different backgrounds all working together to get the job done,” King said. “The Captain encourages, and has confidence in the crew to get the mission done.”