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Huge US Navy ship used in NATO operations sets sail for Plymouth

A US Navy ship is about to head to Plymouth Sound. USNS Robert E Peary is currently off the northern coast of Spain and will enter Plymouth Harbor at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday April 6.

The 210m vessel, which weighs 23,852 tonnes empty and can weigh up to 40,298 tonnes when full, has a top speed of 20 knots and can carry up to 171 people on board. It was launched in October 2007 and has already been used in NATO operations.

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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It will be joined in Plymouth Sound tomorrow by HMS Lancaster, HMS Somerset and RFA Cardigan Bay, which are due to arrive in Plymouth at 1pm, 1.30pm and 3pm respectively. HMS Lancaster and HMS Somerset are both Royal Navy frigates, measuring 133m each.

The dry cargo and munitions ship USNS Robert E. Peary heads for Plymouth (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sarah E. Bitter/Released)

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.

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