HMS Ariel

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Ten ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Ariel, possibly after the archangel Ariel in Judeo-Christian mysticism, but certainly influenced by Shakespeare's "airy spirit" of the same name:

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.