RobertE. Peary Robert E. Peary is credited with the discovery of the North Pole. See Peary for biography.
(DE-1073: dp. 3,011; l. 438'; b. 46'9"; dr. 24'9"; s. 27 + k.; cpl. 245; a. 1 5", ASROC, DASH, 2 Mk 32 tt., cl. 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, C omdr. Charles Beaslev, 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. She continues operations with the Seventh Fleet into 1974.