Robert E. Peary
Robert E. Peary is credited with the discovery of the North Pole. See Peary for biography.
(DE - 1073: displacement 3,011; length 438’; beam 46’9”; draft 24’9”; speed 27+ knots; complement 245; armament 1 5”, ASROC, DASH, 2 Mark 32 torpedo tubes; class Knox)
The second Robert E. Peary was laid down 20 December 1970 by the Lockheed Ship Building and Drydock Company at Seattle, Washington; launched 26 June 1971; sponsored by Miss Josephine Peary; and commissioned 23 September 1972, Comdr. Charles Beasley, USN, in command.
Following two months of miscellaneous tests and trials along the northern Pacific coast of the United States, she steamed into her home port at Long Beach, Calif., 8 November. Robert E. Peary remained in the Long Beach area for one year exactly, departing for WestPac 9 November 1973 and arriving in Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, ten days later.
Robert E. Peary was decommissioned on 7 August 1992, struck from the navy list on 11 November 1995 and transferred to the Republic of China. As of 2005, the destroyer escort serves in the Taiwanese navy as Chi Yang (932).
19 October 2005