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- HMS Ariel (1777), a 20-gun sixth rate launched in 1777, captured by the French ship Amazone in 1779 and lent to the Americans as USS Ariel until 1781. She was lost in 1793.
- HMS Ariel (1781), a 16-gun sloop launched in 1781. laid up in 1792, offered for sale in 1795, and sold in 1802.
- HMS Ariel (1806), an 18-gun sloop launched in 1806 and sold in 1816.
- HMS Ariel (1809), a 14-gun brig launched in Bombay in 1809 and foundered in 1820.
- HMS Ariel (1820), a Cherokee-class brig-sloop launched in 1820 and wrecked in 1828 on Sable Island.
- HMS Ariel (1837), a wooden paddle packet launched in 1822 and transferred to the Navy from the General Post Office in 1837, where she had been named Arrow. She was sold back into mercantile service in 1850.
- HMS Ariel (1854), a wood screw sloop launched in 1854 and sold in 1865.
- HMS Ariel (1873), a second class gunboat launched in 1873, transferred to the coastguard in 1877 and sold in 1889.
- HMS Ariel (1897), a D-class destroyer launched in 1897 and wrecked in 1907 at Malta.
- HMS Ariel (1911), an Acheron-class destroyer launched in 1911 and sunk in 1918 in the North Sea.
Ariel has also been the name of a naval training shore establishment:
- HMS Ariel was a training establishment established at Warrington in 1942, then moved to Worthy Down in 1952. It moved to RNAS Lee-on-Solent, which had been named HMS Daedalus, but was renamed Ariel in 1959. The name reverted to HMS Daedalus in 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.
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