HMS Ariadne (M65)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Ariadne.
HMS Ariadne minelayer.jpg
Career (United Kingdom)
Class and type: Abdiel-class minelayer
Name: HMS Ariadne
Builder: Alexander Stephen and Sons, Glasgow, Scotland
Laid down: 10 October 1941
Launched: 5 April 1943
Commissioned: 12 February 1944
Fate: scrapped in June 1965
General characteristics
Displacement: 2,650 tons (standard)
4,000 tons (full load)
Length: 418 ft (127 m)
Beam: 40 ft (12 m)
Draught: 16 ft (4.9 m)
Propulsion: Two shafts
Geared turbines
four Admiralty 3-drum boilers
72,000 shp
Speed: 40 knots (74 km/h)
Complement: 242
Armament: 4 × 4 inch AA guns (2×2)
4 × Bofors 40 mm gun (2×2)
12 × Oerlikon 20 mm cannon (6×2)
160 Naval mines
Notes: Pennant number M65

HMS Ariadne was an Abdiel-class minelayer of the Royal Navy.[1]

She was built by Alexander Stephen and Sons of Glasgow, Scotland. She was laid down on 10 October 1941, launched on 5 April 1943 and commissioned on 12 February 1944.

Her first duty was to lay mines off the coast of Norway. She was also one of the ships taking part in Operation Stonewall. She then left Home waters in January 1944 to join the United States Seventh Fleet in the Pacific Ocean theatre of war. In June 1944 she laid 146 mines off the northern coast of New Guinea, and when landings were made in the Mapia Group of islands in November 1944, Ariadne was used to carry US Army soldiers. During her period of active service she laid 1,352 mines.

After the end of the war, Ariadne was used to repatriate British prisoners of war from Japan and as a mailship due to her speed. She was paid off into the Reserve Fleet at Sheerness, and did not see service again, apart from a short trial after a refit in the 1950s. This involved the replacement of her light anti-aircraft guns with more modern weapons. She was finally sold to W.H. Arnott Young for scrapping and arrived at Dalmuir in February 1965. She was then scrapped at Dalmuir and Troon in June 1965.


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