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A US Navy and NATO operations vessel towers over Plymouth Sound

Plymouth Sound was overshadowed by the presence of a huge US Navy ship this morning. USNS Robert E Peary passed through the city’s waterfront en route to Devonport.

Amid the drizzle of a damp Plymouth morning, residents were wowed by the sheer size of the ship. 210 meters long, the USNS Robert E Peary weighs 23,852 tons empty and can weigh up to 40,298 when full.

It has a top speed of 20 knots and can carry up to 171 people. The ship was launched in October 2007 and has already been used in NATO operations.

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Huge US Navy ship USNS Robert E Peary towers over Plymouth Sound

The ship is named after explorer and US naval officer Robert Peary, who made several Arctic expeditions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He claimed to have reached the North Pole in 1909, but there is some debate as to whether he actually achieved the feat.

He was baptized in 2008 and sponsored by Peary’s great-granddaughter, Justice Peary S Fowler.

USNS Robert E Peary is one of 14 Lewis and Clark class supply ships, all named after famous American pioneers and explorers. The ship’s purpose is to deliver ammunition, provisions, stores, spare parts, and portable water to other naval forces.

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