HMS Phoenix

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Sixteen vessels and two shore establishments of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Phoenix, after the legendary phoenix bird.

The earliest example of the use of HMS as an abbreviation is a reference to HMS Phoenix in 1789.[1]


Shore establishments[edit]

  • HMS Phoenix, a Royal Navy aircraft repair yard in Egypt, in commission between 1941 and 1946.
  • HMS Phoenix was the name initially selected to replace HMS Ferret, the anti-submarine school at Londonderry. HMS Sea Eagle was used instead.
  • HMS Phoenix, a fire fighting training establishment in Portsmouth, in commission between 1946 and 1993.


  1. ^ "HMS", The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea. (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 2006, (16 September 2009).
  2. ^ Gossett (1986), p. 97.
  3. ^ Gossett (1986), p. 122.