Name Translation: "Clouds on the Summit"
Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Lieutenant Commander Suzuki Yasuatsu  (prev. C.O. SHIRATSUYU). Assigned to Desdiv 9 (ASAGUMO, YAMAGUMO, NATSUGUMO, MINEGUMO), Desron 4, Second Fleet.
26-29 November 1941:
Steamed with Desron 4 from Terashima Strait to Mako (Pescadores).
Departed Mako, then with Vigan (Philippines) invasion force.
With Lingayen invasion force.
12 January 1942:
With Tarakan invasion force.
With Balikpapan invasion force.
With Makassar invasion force.
Assisted in occupation of Bawean Island.
With Eastern Java invasion force.
27-28 February: Battle of the Java Sea
Dueled with HMS ENCOUNTER and assisted ASAGUMO in sinking of HMS ELECTRA. Light damage: four wounded; then went to assistance of ASAGUMO.
With NATSUGUMO, damaged USS PERCH (SS-176) in depth-charge attack.
31 March-10 April:
With Christmas Island invasion force, then escorted damaged NAKA to Singapore.
Steamed from Singapore via Formosa to Yokosuka, then docked for repairs.
Out of Yokosuka with TAKAO to assist sinking MIZUHO.
4-6 June: Battle of Midway
Escorted Admiral Kondo's Occupation Force Main Body.
27 June-13 July:
Escorted fleet patrolling out of Ominato southwest of the Aleutians.
Escorted fleet from Yokosuka to Truk.
Minor damage: during fleet sortie, clipped reef at Truk; sortie delayed for repairs.
22-28 August: Battle of the Eastern Solomons
Escorted oiler NIPPON MARU from Truk to join fleet, then escorted damaged CHITOSE back to Truk.
Escorted convoy from Truk to the Shortlands and back.
Desdiv 9 escorted fleet patrolling out of Truk north of the Solomons.
Desdiv 9 steamed from Truk to the Shortlands.
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal. Medium damage: in air attack, near-missed off both bows; serious flooding, best speed 14 knots. Escorted by NATSUGUMO back to Shortlands.
Steamed from Shortlands to Truk, then repairs.
Steamed from Truk to Yokosuka, then docked for repairs.
25 January 1943:
Lieutenant Commander Suzuki (to C.O. MICHISHIO) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Uesugi Yoshitake  (prev. C.O. USHIO).
Repairs complete; escorted convoy from Yokosuka to Truk.
28 February-2 March:
Steamed from Truk to Rabaul.
With MURASAME, transport run from Rabaul via the Shortlands to Kolombangara. Sunk: by gunfire of U.S. cruiser-destroyer group, in Kula Gulf (08-01 S, 157-14 E); 46, including Lieutenant Commander Uesugi, killed in action. 122 survivors later reached Japanese lines, and two more were captured by the Americans.
1 April 1943:
Removed from Navy List.