USNS Robert E. Peary 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 us @ The 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 fires in California.
The Robert E. Peary was christened on 9 February 2008, sponsored by Peary’s great-granddaughter, Monroe County, Fl. C mircuit Court Judge Peary S. Fowler.
National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, NASSCO, is an American shipbuilding company with three shipyards located in San Diego, Norfolk, and Mayport. It is a division of General Dynamics. The San Diego shipyard specializes in constructing commercial cargo ships and auxiliary vessels for the US Navy and Military Sealift Command; it is the only new-construction shipyard on the West Coast of the United States. The Virginia shipyard primarily performs ship repairs and conversions for the U.S. Navy.
Always in mind The Electric Boat Company, The origin of NASSCO traces to 1905 and a small machine shop and foundry known as California Iron Works. In 1922 California Iron Works was taken over by U.S. National Bank and renamed National Iron Works.
In 1944 National Iron Works moved to its present location at 28th Street and Harbor Drive on San Diego Bay, and in 1949 the company was renamed National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. to reflect its expansion into ship construction. In 1959 the company was acquired by four owners, including Henry J. Kaiser Company and Morrison Knudsen. In 1979 Morrison Knudsen bought out Kaiser’s share, and in 1989 management acquired the company from Morrison Knudsen via an employee stock ownership plan. Many changes have happened since.
In 1940 the company’s ironworkers organized into a union. By 1979 the company had 7,900 employees organized into six unions. There was a labor strike in 1988 which was eventually resolved with a 49-month contract. Another 25-day-long strike in 1992 resulted in workers returning to work without a contract. Another 4-week-long strike in 1996 ended without any concessions to the workers, many of whom eventually returned to work.
Since 1991, much of NASSCO’s work on US Navy warships has been outsourced to TIMSA in Mexic
In 1998 General Dynamics bought NASSCO in a $415 million deal, and in 2000 the company underwent a $135 million upgrade of its facilities.
On October 31, 2011 General Dynamics-NASSCO acquired Metro Machine Corp, a surface-ship repair company in Norfolk, Virginia, and renamed it NASSCO-Norfolk. The company had been conducting ship repairs and conversions for the U.S. Navy since 1972. The NASSCO-Norfolk shipyard had the newest dry dock in the country, with two auto-start generators, automated ballast control system and automated ship hauling and centering system
By God’s grace and the efforts of many good people NASSCO continues to provide Jobs and service the the ships of the United States Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard.