Name Translation: "New Moon"
31 March 1943:
Completed at Nagasaki. Ship's captain: Commander Kaneda Kiyoshi  (prev. C.O. HAYASHIO).
Assigned to Desron 11, First Fleet, for training.
Left Kure for Yokosuka in response to U.S. invasion of Attu. Later returned to Kure.
Assigned to Eighth Fleet.
Left Kure for Yokosuka 8 June, then escorted task force to Truk.
With SUZUKAZE and ARIAKE, escorted KUMANO and SUZUYA on troop transport (5th and 28th AA Defense Units) run to Rabaul; then became flagship of Comdesron 3 (Rear Admiral Akiyama Teruo ).
Left Rabaul for Shortlands.
Led Rendova bombardment mission (cover); engaged U.S. PT-boats.
Led troop transport run to Kolombangara, aborted when U.S. ships were encountered. Contributed torpedoes to spread that sank USS STRONG (DD-467).
5-6 July: Battle of Kula Gulf
Led troop transport run to Kolombangara (cover). Sunk: by gunfire of U.S. cruiser-destroyer group, five miles east of Kolombangara (7-57 S, 157-12 E). Number of survivors unknown; Commander Kaneda and Admiral Akiyama killed in action.
10 September 1943:
Removed from Navy List.