Midshipman 1st Class Joseph Adams, a native of Dover and currently a student at Howard University, is fulfilling a requirement to conduct a summer cruise on a amphibious ship.

America is currently embarked on its maiden deployment and is part of the America Amphibious Ready Group comprised of more than 1,800 sailors and 2,600 Marines assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor, the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego and America.