HMS Ariadne (M65)
|Builder:||Alexander Stephen and Sons, Glasgow, Scotland|
|Laid down:||15 Nov 1941|
|Launched:||16 Feb 1943|
|Commissioned:||9 Oct 1943 |
|Identification:||Pennant number M65|
|Fate:||scrapped in June 1965|
|Class & type:||Abdiel-class minelayer|
|Length:||418 ft (127 m)|
|Beam:||40 ft (12 m)|
|Draught:||16 ft (4.9 m)|
|Speed:||40 knots (74 km/h)|
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.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- HMS Ariadne at Uboat.net
- History of HMS Ariadne