Allied Warships

HMS Tasajera (F 125)

Tank landing ship of the Tasajera class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeTank landing ship
PennantF 125 
Built byFurness Shipbuilding Ltd. (Haverton Hill-on-Tees, U.K.) : North-East Marine (Wallsend) 
Laid down6 Aug 1937 
Launched3 Mar 1938 
CommissionedDec 1941 
End service 

Shallow draft tanker requisitioned in February 1941.
Converted to Landing Ship Tank in 1941.
Returned to owner in 1945 and reverted back to tanker.


Commands listed for HMS Tasajera (F 125)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Emerson Gelling, DSC, RD, RNR14 Oct 1941mid 1943
2Lt. Sydney Kingsley Stretton, RNRmid 194330 Oct 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Reginald Cuthbert Pocock, RNR30 Oct 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Tasajera include:

9 Jun 1942
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN) and HMS Tasajera (Lt.Cdr. W.E. Gelling, DSC, RD, RNR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/17337

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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