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.
The naming of a naval vessel is a hugely significant event as it lays the foundation 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. Traditionally Irish naval vessels have been named after mythical figures from Ireland’s heroic past. The naming of LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT is a new departure in that, for the first time, 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 Partie, Krapp’s Last Tape and perhaps most famous of all, the play Waiting for Godot.
|Type||Offshore Patrol Vessel|
|Main Engines||2 x Wärtsilä diesel engines and Power Take In, 2 x shafts, 10000kw|
|Range||6000 Nautical Miles @ 15 knots|
|Crew||44 (6 Officers)|
|Armament||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