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|73k||Robert Edwin Peary (06 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 01 April 1909 in latitude 87°47' 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 06 April, he established Camp Jesup near the pole. In his diary for 07 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)
|267k||01 August 1970: Seattle, Wash. - The future USS Robert E. Peary sliding down the building way after being christened.||S. Dale Hargrave|
Newport News, Va.
|79||late 1970's: Sydney Harbor, Australia
(Photo © Barry A. Seward)
|Barry A. Seward|
|446k||01 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)
|124k||01 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)
|130k||04 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)
|166k||04 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)
|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)
|179k||01 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)
|197k||01 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)
|229k||01 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)
|217k||I took the attached photo in the Persian gulf during 1991 while on deployment on USS Truxtun (CGN 35).||Chris Quill|
|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)
|151k||01 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)
|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)
|106k||2006: Keelung, Taiwan - ROCS Chih Yang (FF-932) at Keelung Harbor||Perry Huang|
|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.
England, United Kingdom
|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)
27 June 2020: Kaohsiung Harbor, Taiwan - Four views of the decommissioned Taiwanese Navy frigates Chih
Yang (FF-932) (ex-USS Robert E. Peary, FF 1073) and Hae Yang (FF-936) (ex-USS Cook, FF 1083).
(Photos taken by and used with the permission of Ching Chun Tseng)
|Chin Yu Chu|
South East Asia
|29k||15 July 2020: the South China Sea - The last photo of Chih Yang (FF-932) (ex-USS Robert E. Peary, FF 1073) ever taken. Her sink-ex was part of the operations during Exercise Han Kuang-36. Sunk off the south-eastern coast of Taiwan, it was the first use of a live submarine torpedo in thirteen years.|
|Robert E. Peary History|
|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. 1974||Cmdr. Charles Jahns Beasley (USNA '57) (Navy Jr./Hillsborough, Cal.)|
|2.) 13 Jun. 1974 - 29 Jun. 1976||Cmdr. Michael J. Schneider|
|3.) 29 Jun. 1976 - 20 May 1978||Cmdr. Robert Marlin Hydinger (USNA '59) (Norfolk, Va.)|
|4.) 20 May 1978 - 06 Jun. 1980||Cmdr. William Walter Mathis (OCS '62) (Bowie, Md.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|5.) 06 Jun. 1980 - 22 Jun. 1982||Cmdr. Walter Garland Strong Jr. (OCS '66) (Sulphur, La.)|
|6.) 21 Jun. 1982 - 12 Sep.1984||Cmdr. Paul Nicholas Bontrop Jr.|
|7.) 12 Sep.1984 - 13 Jan. 1987||Capt. John William Waddell (Corpus Christi, Tex.)|
|8.) 13 Jan. 1987 - 08 Jun. 1989||Cmdr. Richard E. Payne|
|9.) 08 Jun. 1989 - 22 May 1991||Cmdr. David Kearney Brown (USNA '72) (Dallas, Tex.)|
|10.) 22 May 1991 - 07 Aug. 1992||Cmdr. Freddie F. Carino|
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