Name Translation: "Whirlwind"
Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Commander Nakasugi Seiji  (prev. C.O. MURAKUMO). Assigned to Desdiv 4 (ARASHI, HAGIKAZE, NOWAKI, MAIKAZE), Desron 4, Second Fleet.
29 November-2 December 1941:
Desdiv 4 steamed from Terashima Strait to Mako (Pescadores).
4 December 1941-11 January 1942:
Desdiv 4 escorted Admiral Kondo's Southern Force Main Body out of Mako as distant cover to Malaya and Philippine invasion forces; also briefly escorted Malaya troop convoys during this period.
Desdiv 4 escorted Main Body from Mako to Palau, then operated out of that base as distant cover to Dutch East Indies invasion forces through 15 February.
Desdiv 4 escorted Main Body from Palau to Staring Bay (Celebes).
Departed Staring Bay, escorting carrier force in operations south of Java.
Air strikes on Tjilatjap; then returned to Staring Bay on 11 March.
Departed Staring Bay, escorting supply group for carrier force in Indian Ocean raids.
En route back to Japan, with HAGIKAZE escorted the detached SHOKAKU and ZUIKAKU into Mako on 18 April, then rejoined the carrier force.
Arrived in Yokosuka from Southern operations, then docked for repairs.
4-5 June: Battle of Midway:
Desdiv 4 escorted Admiral Nagumo's Striking Force; assisted KAGA, helped HAGIKAZE rescue survivors; later helped scuttle AKAGI with torpedoes.
9 June-12 July:
Desdiv 4 escorted ZUIHO to reinforce Northern Area, then escorted fleet patrolling out of Ominato southwest of the Aleutians.
Desdiv 4 reassigned to Desron 10, Third Fleet.
Departed Kure, escorting fleet towards Truk.
24 August: Battle of the Eastern Solomons:
Escorted Admiral Abe's Vanguard Force.
Escorted fleet patrolling out of Truk north of the Solomons.
29 September-1 October:
Steamed from Truk to Shortlands.
Escorted NISSHIN on troop transport run to Guadalcanal.
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.
Departed Shortlands to rejoin fleet north of the Solomons.
26 October: Battle of Santa Cruz:
Escorted Admiral Nagumo's Striking Force, then escorted damaged SHOKAKU and ZUIHO into Truk on 28 October.
Escorted SHOKAKU from Truk to Kure, then docked for repairs.
Steamed from Kure via Truk to Shortlands.
Towed damaged NOWAKI from Shortlands to Truk.
1-3 January 1943:
Steamed from Truk to Rabaul.
With Desdiv 17, escorted troop convoy (Operation 18: BRAZIL MARU, NICHIRYU MARU, CLYDE MARU, CHIFUKU MARU and MYOKO MARU, lifting units of 51st Division) from Rabaul to Lae and back. On 7-8 January NICHIRYU MARU and MYOKO MARU lost in bombing attacks. On 7 January rescued survivors of bombed transport NICHIRYU MARU; on 10 January sank USS ARGONAUT (APS-1) assisted by ISOKAZE and seaplane. Then to Shortlands on 13 January.
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal; assisted damaged ARASHI.
Troop transport run to Rekata.
Escorted troop transport to Kolombangara.
Troop evacuation run to Guadalcanal (cover).
Troop evacuation run to Guadalcanal (cover). Medium damage: in air attacks due to near-miss; engine room flooded; towed back to Shortlands by NAGATSUKI.
Steamed from Shortlands to Truk; then repairs.
Escorted HAMAKAZE towing damaged MICHISHIO from Truk to Tateyama; then docked at Yokosuka for repairs.
Commander Nakasugi (to Osaka Guard District) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Hagio Tsutomu  (prev. C.O. URANAMI).
With SAZANAMI, escorted TAIYO from Yokosuka to Truk.
Escorted troop convoy from Truk to Rabaul; then returned to Truk.
With AKEBONO, USHIO, SHIRATSUYU, and NOWAKI, escorted UNYO from Truk to Yokosuka.
26 August-2 September:
With AKEBONO, SHIRATSUYU, and NOWAKI, escorted UNYO from Yokosuka to Truk.
With NOWAKI, escorted ZUIHO from Truk to join fleet at Eniwetok in response to U.S. carrier raids in the Central Pacific, then returned.
With NOWAKI, escorted transports AWATA MARU and NICHIEI MARU from Truk to Shanghai.
With NOWAKI, escorted troop convoy (3rd section of Operation T4: AWATA MARU and NICHIEI MARU, lifting units of 17th Division) from Shanghai to Truk; on 22 October helped NOWAKI rescue 1,000 survivors from torpedoed and sinking AWATA MARU.
Departed Truk escorting troop convoy to Rabaul, but recalled due to heavy air attacks in Rabaul-area.
With NOWAKI and YAMAGUMO, escorted troop convoy (reorganized 3rd section of Operation T4: NICHIEI MARU, NICHII MARU and KAMIKAZE MARU, lifting units of 17th Division) from Truk to Rabaul.
With NOWAKI and YAMAGUMO, aircrew (of Cardiv 1) transport run from Rabaul to Truk.
25 November-7 December:
Escorted tanker NIPPON MARU supporting fleet operating in Marshalls-area in response to U.S. landings on Tarawa, then returned to Truk.
Escorted KONGO and HARUNA from Truk to Sasebo, then docked for repairs. (X turret probably removed/replaced by two triple 25mm mounts during this refit.)
Became Desdiv 4 flagship.
4-9 January 1944:
With NOWAKI, HATSUHARU, HATSUSHIMO, and WAKABA, escorted ATAGO, ZUIHO, and UNYO from Yokosuka to Truk.
Escorted KOKUYO MARU from Truk to Rabaul.
Led troop transport run from Rabaul to Lorengau (Manus).
Departed Lorengau, joined KOKUYO MARU out of Kavieng, then escorted to Truk.
30 January-12 February:
Escorted convoys from Truk to Rabaul and back.
Departed Truk with NOWAKI, escorting KATORI and auxiliary cruiser AKAGI MARU towards Yokosuka. Sunk: primarily by gunfire of USS MINNEAPOLIS (CA-36) and USS NEW ORLEANS (CA-32) 40 miles northwest of Truk (07-45 N, 151-20 E). Lost with all hands, including Comdesdiv 4 (Captain Isohisa Kenma ).
31 March 1944:
Removed from Navy List.