Name Translation: "Morning Breeze"
Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Lieutenant Commander Michiki Shozo  (prev. C.O. HATO). Assigned to Desdiv 5 (ASAKAZE, HARUKAZE, MATSUKAZE, HATAKAZE), Desron 5, Third Fleet.
26-29 November 1941:
Desdiv 5 steamed with Desron 5 from Terashima Strait to Mako (Pescadores).
With KUMA AND MATSUKAZE, escorted Admiral Takahashi's Third Fleet Main Body out of Mako in support of Philippine invasion operations.
Desdiv 5 with Lingayen invasion force.
31 December 1941-18 January 1942:
Escorted troop convoys from Formosa to Singora (Malaya) and back. On 10 January helped FUBUKI and HATAKAZE rescue survivors of torpedoed transport AKITA MARU.
Desdiv 5 escorted troop convoy from Formosa to Camranh Bay.
Desdiv 5 with Western Java invasion force.
1 March: Battle of Sunda Strait
Contributed torpedoes to spreads that helped sink HMAS PERTH and USS HOUSTON (CA-30).
Desron 5 deactivated; Desdiv 5 reassigned to First Southern Expeditionary Force, Southwest Area Fleet.
Desdiv 5 escorted convoy from Java to Singapore.
19 March-23 April:
Escorted troop convoys from Singapore to Penang and Rangoon and back, then docked for upkeep.
17 May-2 June:
Out of Singapore for Sabang-area patrol/escort duties.
Departed Penang for Nicobar Islands operations.
Departed Singapore for Western New Guinea operations.
Departed Ambon for Timor-area operations.
Departed Kupang, then Java Sea convoy escort duties.
Lieutenant Commander Michiki (to C.O. SHIOKAZE) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Nishimura Tokuta .
25 February 1943:
Desdiv 5 deactivated; reassigned to 1st Surface Escort Division, Southwest Area Fleet.
Departed Saigon, then Moji-Takao convoy escort duties.
30 April-5 May:
Escorted convoy from Takao to Moji.
Arrived Sasebo, then docked for refitting.
Departed Moji, then resumed Southwest Area convoy escort duties.
Escorted Convoy HI-13 from Moji to Singapore.
1st Surface Escort Division reassigned to General Escort Command.
Departed Sasebo, escorting convoy to Takao.
Escorted Convoy HI-27 from Moji to Takao.
1 March 1944:
Lieutenant Commander Nishimura (to C.O. SAMIDARE) relieved by Lieutenant Yamaguchi Osamu .
12 March-1 April:
Escorted troop convoy from Yokosuka to Saipan and back.
Escorted convoys from Moji via Chinkai and Takao to Manila. Assisted Convoys Take and TaMa-17 during this period.
11 June-2 July:
Escorted Convoy MI-07 from Moji via Manila to Miri.
Escorted Convoy MI-13 from Takao to Manila. On 7th rescued survivors of torpedoed KUSAGAKI.
Out of Mako to assist Convoy HI-71.
Departed Takao, escorting convoy to Manila. Sunk: torpedoed by USS HADDO (SS-255) west of Lingayen Gulf. Sank while being towed by tanker NIJO MARU towards Dasol Bay, 20 miles southwest of Cape Bolinao (16-6 N, 119-44 E). Number of survivors unknown but probably large, including Lieutenant Yamaguchi (to C.O. HINOKI).
10 October 1944:
Removed from Navy List.