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USS Robert E. Peary (FF 1073)

- decommissioned -
- formerly DE 1073 -


USS ROBERT E. PEARY was the 22nd ship in the KNOX - class of frigates and the second ship in the Navy named after Robert E. Peary who is credited with the discovery of the North Pole. Built and commissioned as a destroyer escort, the ROBERT E. PEARY was redesignated as frigate on June 30, 1975.

Decommissioned on August 7, 1992, the ship was subsequently leased to Taiwan where it was recommissioned as CHIU YANG. Stricken from the Navy list on January 11, 1995, the ship was finally purchased by Taiwan on September 29, 1999.

General Characteristics:Awarded: July 22, 1964
Keel laid: December 20, 1970
Launched: June 23, 1971
Commissioned: September 23, 1972
Decommissioned: August 7, 1992
Builder: Lockheed Shipbuilding & Construction Co., Seattle, Wash.
Propulsion system: 2 - 1200 psi boilers; 1 geared turbine, 1 shaft; 35,000 shaft horsepower
Length: 438 feet (133.5 meters)
Beam: 47 feet (14.4 meters)
Draft: 25 feet (7.6 meters)
Displacement: approx. 4,200 tons full load
Speed: 27 knots
Armament: one Mk-16 missile launcher for ASROC and Harpoon missiles, one Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber gun, Mk-46 torpedoes from single tube launchers, one 20mm Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft: one SH-2F (LAMPS I) helicopter
Crew: 18 officers, 267 enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS ROBERT E. PEARY. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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About the Ship's Name:

Robert Edwin Peary, born at Cresson, Penn., 6 May 1856, was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Navy 26 October 1881.

In addition to his Arctic explorations, he was in charge of the Nicaragua Canal survey 18871888. He invented a type of tolling lock gates for the canal. His first Arctic expedition was in 1886 and on his eighth expedition he became the first man to reach the North Pole over the ice, arriving 6 April 1909, following a final dash covering 130 miles in five days. He was promoted to Rear Admiral and given the thanks of Congress by a special act of 30 March 1911. Rear Admiral Peary received honors from numerous scientific societies of Europe and America for his Arctic explorations and discoveries and wrote several books on his experience in the polar regions. He died in Washington, D.C., 20 February 1920.


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