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USS Robert E. Peary (DE 1073)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - R - E - P
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 star - Humanitarian Service Ribbon
third Row: Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Specifications:
Class: Knox
Type: SCB No. 199C / 1964
Number in Class: 46
Displacement: 3020 tons (std), 4065 tons (full)
Length: 415' (wl), 438' (oa)
Beam: 46' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Combustion Engineering 1200psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 16 / 211
Missiles: 1 8-tube Mk25 Sea Sparrow BPDMS in DE 1052-1069, 1071-1083, 1 8-tube Mk29 NATO Sea Sparrow IPDMS in DE 1070, Harpoon missiles from modified ASROC launcher
Guns: 1 x 5"/54 cal. DP Mk 42 (600 rds)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (16 missiles), 4-12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 (4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos (6)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air), AN/SPS-58 threat warning in some ships
Sonars: AN/SQS-26CX, AN/SQS-35 IVDS in FF-1052, 1056, 1063-1071, 1073-1076, 1078-1097
Fire Control Systems: Mk68 Mod. 11/13/14 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 14/16 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Robert E. Peary (DE 1073) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 July 1964: Building contract awarded to the Lockheed Corp.
  • 20 December 1970: Keel laid by the Lockheed Ship Building and Drydock Company at Seattle, Washington
  • 23 June 1971: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Josephine Peary
  • 23 September 1972: Commissioned, Cmdr. Charles Beasley in command, assigned to CruDesPac at Long Beach, Cal.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1073)
  • 07 August 1992: Decommissioned at Naval Station Pearl Harbor after 19.9 years of service; Leased to Taiwan, renamed ROCS Chih Yang (FF-932)
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
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    Robert E. Peary 73k Robert Edwin Peary (6 May 1856 - 20 February 1920) was born in Cresson, Pennnsylvania near Pittsburgh, grew up in Maine, and graduated from Bowdoin College as a civil engineer in 1877. Peary made several expeditions to the Arctic, exploring Greenland by dog sled in 1886 and 1891 and returning to the island three times in the 1890s. Unlike many previous explorers, Peary studied Inuit survival techniques, built igloos, and dressed in practical furs in the native fashion. Peary also relied on the Inuit as hunters and dog-drivers on his expeditions, and pioneered the use of the system (which he called the "Peary system") of using support teams and supply caches for Arctic travel. His wife, Josephine, accompanied him on several of his expeditions. He also had 8 toes amputated but kept walking.

    Peary made several attempts to reach the North Pole between 1898 and 1905. For his final assault on the pole, he and 23 men set off from New York City aboard the Roosevelt under the command of Captain Robert Bartlett on 6 July 1908. They wintered near Cape Sheridan on Ellesmere Island and from there departed for the pole on 1 March 1909. The last support party turned back on 1 April 1909 in latitude 8747' north. On the final stage of the journey to the North Pole only five of his men, Matthew Henson, Ootah, Egigingwah, Seegloo and Ooqueah, remained. On 6 April, he established Camp Jesup near the pole. In his diary for 7 April (but actually written up much later when preparing his journals for publication), Peary wrote "The Pole at last! The prize of 3 centuries, my dream and ambition for 23 years. Mine at last..." He died in Washington DC on 20 February 1920 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His gravesite is topped by a huge globe on which Peary's personal credo, "I shall find a way or make one," is inscribed.

    USS Robert E. Peary (DE 1073) (1972 - 1992) was the third ship named in his honor, having been preceded by DD 226 (1920 - 1942) and DE 132 (1943 - 1947).       (photo and paraphrased biography from Wikipedia)
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    R.E. Peary 79 late 1970's: Sydney Harbor, Australia (Photo © Barry A. Seward) Barry A. Seward
    Melbourne, Australia
    R.E. Peary 446k 1 October 1981: San Francisco, Cal. - A starboard beam view of Robert E. Peary underway during Fleet Week activities. Visible in the background are the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and the San Francisco skyline. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-01914 by PH3 Curt Fargo from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    R.E. Peary 124k 1 January 1989: location unknown - The Brunei missile fast attack craft KDB Seteria (P-04) is moored at the pier at the missile fast attack craft KDB Pejuang (P-03) approaches. The American flag flies from the stern of Robert E. Peary in the foreground. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-06181 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    R.E. Peary 130k 4 June 1990: At sea - The Royal Australian Navy large patrol craft HMAS Townsville (205) and Robert E. Peary come into port for the joint naval exercise KANGAROO '89. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-08224 by JO1 Lee Bosco from the DVIC)
    R.E. Peary 166k 4 June 1990: location unknown - Crew members from the destroyer USS Oldendorf (DD 972) and Robert E. Peary march in a parade along with their Royal Australian counterparts prior to the start of the joint exercise Kangaroo '89. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-08222 by JO1 Lee Bosco from the DVIC)
    R.E. Peary 144k 29 October 1990: location unknown - An SH-3 Sea King helicopter flies near Robert E. Peary as the ship pulls into port prior to the joint military exercise KANGAROO '89. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-00784 by JO1 Lee Bosco from the DVIC)
    R.E. Peary 179k 1 June 1991: NavSta Pearl Harbor, Hi. - A port view of Robert E. Peary departing Pearl Harbor through the channel. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-03680 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    R.E. Peary 197k 1 June 1991: NavSta Pearl Harbor, Hi. - A port view of Robert E. Peary departing Pearl Harbor through the channel as it heads out to sea after a visit to the naval station. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-02724 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    **Peary / Wadsworth** 229k 1 June 1991: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The frigate Robert E. Peary, right, and the guided missile frigate USS Wadsworth (FFG 9) pass one another at the entrance to the channel as the Wadsworth arrives for a visit to Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-02726 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    R.E. Peary 217k I took the attached photo in the Persian gulf during 1991 while on deployment on USS Truxtun. Chris Quill
    R.E. Peary 101k 27 November 1991: Naval Station Subic Bay, P.I. - A large harbor tug escorts Robert E. Peary toward port. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-01734 by PH2 Andrew Heuer from the DVIC) Navsource
    R.E. Peary 151k 1 December 1991: Naval Station Subic Bay - A port bow view of the destroyer tender USS Yosemite (AD 19), Robert E. Peary and the miscellaneous flagship USS LaSalle (AGF 3) docked in port. The vessel is in the region in support of maritime interdiction operations. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-06012 by PH2 Charles Stover from the DVIC)
    R.E. Peary 157k 13 December 1991: location unknown - Hull Technician 3rd Class Nicholas Oswald, seated on bow, and SN Bryan Rocke replace the beading on a 26-foot motor whaleboat from Robert E. Peary. Oswald is a crew member aboard the destroyer tender USS Yosemite (AD 19) while Rocke is stationed aboard Robert E. Peary. Both vessels are deployed to the gulf during maritime interdiction operations. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-06009 by PH2 Charles Stover from the DVIC) Bill Gonyo
    R.E. Peary 106k 2006: Keelung, Taiwan - ROCS Chih Yang (FF-932) at Keelung Harbor Perry Huang
    R.E. Peary 74k 2006: Keelung, Taiwan - Chih Yang at Keelung Harbor
    R.E. Peary 75k 2006: Keelung, Taiwan - Chih Yang at Keelung Harbor
    R.E. Peary 114k 2006: Keelung, Taiwan - Chih Yang at Keelung Harbor
    R.E. Peary 98k 2006: Keelung, Taiwan - Chih Yang at Keelung Harbor
    R.E. Peary 498k 26 May 2012: location unknown - The guided missile frigate ROCS Chih Yang (FF-932) (ex-USS Robert E. Peary, FF 1073) tied-up pierside. (Photographer: unknown) Robert Hurst
    R.E. Peary 72k 19 October 2013: location unknown - The guided missile frigate ROCS Chih Yang (FF-932) (ex-USS Robert E. Peary, FF 1073) pierside. (Photographer: Jack Chang) Jack Chang

    View the USS Robert E. Peary (DE 1073) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Robert E. Peary's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  23 Sep. 1972 - 13 Jun. 1974Cmdr. Charles Jahns Beasley
    2.)  13 Jun. 1974 - 29 Jun. 1976Cmdr. Michael J. Schneider
    3.)  29 Jun. 1976 - 20 May 1978Cmdr. Robert Marlin Hydinger
    4.)  20 May 1978 - 06 Jun. 1980Cmdr. William Walter Mathis
    5.)  06 Jun. 1980 - 22 Jun. 1982Cmdr. Walter Garland Strong Jr.
    6.)  21 Jun. 1982 - 12 Sep.1984Cmdr. Paul Nicholas Bontrop Jr.
    7.)  12 Sep.1984 - 13 Jan. 1987Capt. John W. Waddell
    8.)  13 Jan. 1987 - 08 Jun. 1989Cmdr. Richard E. Payne
    9.)  08 Jun. 1989 - 22 May 1991Cmdr. David Kearney Brown
    10.) 22 May 1991 - 07 Aug. 1992Cmdr. Freddie F. Carino

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    19 - 22 June 2014 at San Diego, Cal.
    Complete Info: Peary Reunion Facebook Page
    Reunion Contact: John Waddell
    E-mail: cap10john at gmail.com

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    Additional Resources

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    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Robert E. Peary
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