Name Translation:"Early Frost"
20 February 1944:
Completed at Maizuru; assigned same date to Desron 11, First Fleet, for training. Ship's captain: Commander Arai Yasuo  (prev. C.O. ASAGIRI).
Desron 11 reassigned to Combined Fleet.
Commander Arai relieved by Lieutenant Commander Hirayama Toshio  (prev. C.O. AKISHIMO).
Assigned to Desron 2, Second Fleet.
Escorted JUNYO, HIYO and RYUHO from Saeki to Tawitawi.
19-20 June: Battle of the Philippine Sea
Escorted Admiral Joshima's Force B.
Escorted MYOKO and HAGURO on troop transport mission from Kure via Manila and Zamboanga to Singapore.
Assigned to Desdiv 2 (HAYASHIMO, AKISHIMO, KIYOSHIMO), Desron 2, Second Fleet. Flagship of Comdesdiv 2, Captain Shiraishi Nagayoshi  (prev. C.O. URAKAZE).
Escorted fleet from Lingga to Brunei.
23-26 October: Battle of Leyte Gulf
Escorted Admiral Kurita's 1st Diversion Attack Force. Damaged: on 25 October during air attacks in Battle off Samar; nature and extent of damage unknown. Fell behind fleet, then was escorted toward Coron by AKISHIMO until 26 October, when latter was ordered to rejoin fleet. Sunk: after losing bow to torpedo in renewed air attacks on 26 October, was grounded and sank in shallow water off Semirara Island, 40 miles southeast of Mindoro (12-50 N, 121-21 E). Salvage attempts and sporadic air attacks continued through 12 November, when last of crew finally abandoned ship. Approximately 120 survivors, including Comdesdiv 2 (Captain Shiraishi) and Lieutenant Commander Hirayama (to C.O. SUZUTSUKI).
10 January 1945:
Removed from Navy List.