USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5)

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Name: USNS Robert E. Peary
Namesake: Robert Peary
Awarded: 27 January 2004
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding
Laid down: 12 December 2006 [1]
Launched: 27 October 2007
Christened: 9 February 2008
In service: 5 June 2008 [2]
Motto: "King of the Team" [3]
Status: in active service
Badge: USNS Robert E. Peary T-AKE-5 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Lewis and Clark-class cargo ship
  • 23,852 tons light,
  • 40,298 tons full,
  • 16,446 tons dead
  • 210 m (689 ft) overall,
  • 199.3 m (654 ft) waterline
  • 32.3 m (106 ft) extreme,
  • 32.3 m (106 ft) waterline
  • 9.1 m (30 ft) maximum,
  • 9.4 m (31 ft) limit
Propulsion: Integrated propulsion and ship service electrical system, with generation at 6.6 kV by FM/MAN B&W diesel generators; one fixed pitch propeller; bow thruster
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h)
  • 14,000 nautical miles at 20 kt
  • (26,000 km at 37 km/h)
  • Max dry cargo weight:
  •   5,910 long tons (6,005 t)
  • Max dry cargo volume:
  •   783,000 cubic feet (22,000 m³)
  • Max cargo fuel weight:
  •   2,350 long tons (2,390 t)
  • Cargo fuel volume:
  •   18,000 barrels (2,900 m³)
  •   (DFM: 10,500) (JP5:7,500)
Complement: 49 military, 123 civilian
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Nulka decoy launchers
Aircraft carried: two helicopters, MH-60S Knighthawk

USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship in the United States Navy. She is the fourth Navy ship named for Arctic explorer, Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary (1856–1920).


The contract to build Robert E. Peary was awarded to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) of San Diego, California, on 27 January 2004. Her keel was laid down on 12 December 2006 and she was launched on schedule on 27 October 2007. However, the planned christening ceremony had to be delayed because of the local disruption caused by the October 2007 California wildfires.

The Robert E. Peary was christened on 9 February 2008, sponsored by Peary's great-granddaughter, Monroe County, Fl. Circuit Court Judge Peary S. Fowler.[4]

Operational history[edit]

On 10 March 2017, Robert E. Peary berthed in HM Naval Base Portsmouth to test the newly built facilities for the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

The ship was featured in the Discovery Channel's Mighty Ships.



  1. ^ "General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers USNS Robert E. Peary". NASSCO. June 5, 2008. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved 2008-06-09.
  2. ^ "USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5)". United States Army Institute of Heraldry. Retrieved 2010-03-07.
  3. ^ "Navy to Christen USNS Robert E. Peary". Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs), U.S. Dept. of Defense. February 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-13.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Fog delays dress rehearsal of aircraft carrier's arrival in Portsmouth".

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