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 13 November 1946 by Toro (SS-403) off Cape Cod, Mass.
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|246k||The US crew of the U-530 taken in Houston in 1945. ||Photo courtesy of uboatarchive.net|
|192k||Argentine 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.|
Photo added 07/08/16.
||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 uboatarchive.net |
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