L.É. Samuel Beckett P61

LÉ Samuel Beckett is latest Offshore Patrol Vessel and represents an updated and lengthened version of the original RÓISÍN Class OPVs which were also designed and built to our specifications by Babcock Marine Appledore and she is truly a state of the art ship. She is built and fitted 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 Eoin Smyth, Officer Commanding L.É. SAMUEL BECKETTT is a native of Cork and joined the Naval Service in 2002. Prior to joining the Naval Service he was employed as a Master and Harbour Pilot by the National Ports Authority in South Africa.

Lieutenant Commander Smyth has held various appointments at Sea including as OC L.É. CIARA from 2013 - 2016. He has served in a variety of shore appointments including Maintenance Management Officer and OiC Line Training and most recently as OiC of the Naval Operations Command Centre.

He is a graduate of CIT , NMCI and The Durban University of Technology where he studied Nautical Science and Senior Command Studies.

Lieutenant Commander Smyth lives in Carrigaline. He has a keen interest in all sports particularly rugby.

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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