L.É. Samuel Beckett P61

LÉ Samuel Beckett is latest Offshore Patrol Vessel and represents an updated and lengthened version of the original RÓISÁN Class OPVs which were also designed and built to our speci cations by Babcock Marine Appledore and she is truly a state of the art ship. She is built and  tted out to the highest international standards in terms of safety, equipment fit, technological innovation and crew comfort. She is also designed to cope with the rigors of the North East Atlantic.

Officer Commanding L.É. Samuel Beckett

Lieutenant Commander Tony Geraghty hails from Dublin and joined the Naval Service in 1989. Post commissioning in 1991, he completed the International Sub Lieutenants course with the Royal Navy and was awarded his Naval Watchkeeping Certificate. He has held numerous appointments at sea and ashore at the strategic, operational and tactical levels. His previous seagoing appoints include OC L.É. Ciara and his shore appointments include DFHQ, NHQ, Opereations Command and more recently Support Command.


Lieutenant Commander Geraghty holds an honours MA (Leadership Managment and Defence Studies) from the National University of Ireland Maynooth, a MBS (1st ) (Government and Public Policy) from University College Cork.

He is also a graduate of the Senior Command & Staff College and has qualified as a Marine Surveyor.


Tony lectures Ocean Governance in the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) and is an internal examiner for the BSc Level 8 (Nautical Science) in the NMCI. He has also guest lectured Contemporary Maritime Issues in the 21st Century in University College Cork.

Overseas Service

Lieutenant Commander Geraghty served in the Force HQ for UNMEE in 2002. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, swimming, running and reading.

Ships Name

The naming of a naval vessel is a hugely signifi cant event as it lays the foundati on of the ship’s character and spirit. Wherever the ship goes, whatever ports she visits, her name will echo in the minds and memories of the people who visit and see her. Traditi onally Irish naval vessels have been named aft er mythical fi gures from Ireland’s heroic past. The naming of LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT is a new departure in that, for the fi rst ti me, a Naval Service ship will be named aft er a world renowned Irish playwright and author.

Samuel Beckett was a novelist, playwright and theatre director and wrote in French as well as English. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969 and his legacy to the world includes works both in English and in French such as Fin de Parti e, Krapp’s Last Tape and perhaps most famous of all, the play Waiti ng for Godot.

Adopted Port


Ships Characteristics
Type Offshore Patrol Vessel
Length 90.0m
Beam 14m
Draught 3.8m
Main Engines

2 x Wärtsilä diesel engines and Power Take In, 2 x shafts, 10000kw

Speed 23 knots
Range 6000 Nautical Miles @ 15 knots
Crew 44 (6 Officers)

1 x 76mm OTO Melara
2 x 20mm RH 202 Rhienmetall Cannon
2 x 12.7mm Browning HMG’s
4 x 7.62mm GPMG’s

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