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Class: (Type IXC)
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Surrender Details: Surrendered from sea at Mar del Plata, Argentina on 10 July 1945. Moved to Buenos Aires on 28/29 July and handed over to the US Navy.
Time in US Navy: In company with U-977, and escorted by the fleet tug Cherokee (ATF-66), U-530 left the Rio Santiago Naval Base in Buenos Aires on 11 September 1945. The two U-Boats stopped at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from 16 to 20 September and, after having to repair the engines of both U-Boats whilst at sea, they then stopped at Trinidad in the British West Indies from 2 to 5 October, where they were inspected by the Allied Tripartite Naval Board on 3 October. They left Trinidad on 5 October and arrived at the US Navy's Submarine Base at New London on 12 October 1945.
U-530 was allocated to the US Navy as a war prize, and in November and December 1945 it took part in a 7-week tour to seven US ports in Texas. It travelled on the surface throughout, and was escorted by the destroyer Thomas (DE-102). The U-Boat and its escorting destroyer left New London on 5 November and, after calling at the Key West Naval Base on 9/10 November, they visited Port Arthur (11 to 16 November), Houston (16 to 22 November), Galveston (22 to 25 November), Corpus Christi (26 to 29 November), Brownsville (30 November to 2 December), Beaumont (3 to 8 December) and Orange (8 to 12 December). On the return journey north, U-530 had overnight stops at both the Key West Naval Base (15/16 November) and the Norfolk Naval Base (19/20 November) before it arrived back in New London on 22 December 1945, where it was declared out of service and to be retained for explosive tests.
Final Disposal: Sunk on 28 November 1947 by Toro (SS-422) off Cape Cod, Mass.
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U-530246kThe US crew of the U-530 taken in Houston in 1945. Photo courtesy of
U-boats192kArgentine Navy boarding party inspects U-530, after her surrender at Mar Del Plata Naval Base, July 1945.Photographer unknown. Image from 75 Anniversary edition of La Capital newspaper, May 1980, page 97, courtesy of Daniel Mesa for Carlos Mey via Robert Hurst.
Toro 501k Five photo PDF of the U-530 being torpedoed by Toro (SS-422) on 20 or 21 November, 1947. USN Photos # 80-G-704668 / 704672, courtesy of

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