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Five ships of the United States Navy have been named Ariel, after the sprite Ariel in William Shakespeare's play The Tempest.

  • USS Ariel (1777), a 16-gun sloop-of-war, originally the Royal Navy's HMS Ariel captured by the French in 1779, lent to the Americans in 1780, and returned to the French the next year.
  • USS Ariel (1813), a schooner launched on Lake Erie in 1813 and active in operations that year.
  • USS Ariel (1831), a schooner in use from 1831 to 1833.
  • USS Ariel (1862), schooner captured in the American Civil War and used by the Navy until 1865.
  • USS Ariel (AF-22), a passenger and refrigerated cargo liner leased from the United Fruit Company and used from 1942 to 1946.

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