Name Translation:"High Waves"
31 August 1942:
Completed at Tokyo. Ship's captain: Commander Ogura Masami  (prev. C.O. MICHISHIO).
27 September-7 October:
Escorted troop convoy from Saeki to Rabaul. On 7 October rescued 279 survivors from torpedoed transport NAMINOUE MARU; then to Truk on 10 October.
Assigned to Desdiv 31 (NAGANAMI, MAKINAMI), Desron 2, Second Fleet. Became flagship of Comdesdiv 31, Captain Shimizu Toshio (prev. Comdesdiv 21).
Escorted KONGO and HARUNA in bombardment of Henderson Field.
Escorted MYOKO and MAYA in bombardment of Henderson Field.
26 October: Battle of Santa Cruz
Escorted Admiral Kondo's Advance Force.
Escorted SUZUYA and MAYA from Truk to Shortlands.
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal. Minor damage: in air attack due to near-misses; 17 combined NAGANAMI-TAKANAMI casualties.
13-15 November: Naval Battles for Guadalcanal
Escorted Guadalcanal troop convoy.
30 November: Battle of Tassafaronga
Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal (cover). Engaged U.S. cruiser-destroyer group. Torpedoed USS MINNEAPOLIS (CA-36) and USS NEW ORLEANS (CA-32). Sunk: by enemy gunfire, 10 miles south-southwest of Savo (09-185 S, 159-56 E) with 197 killed, including Comdesdiv 31 (Captain Shimizu Toshio) and Commander Ogura; 48 survivors reached Guadalcanal, 19 of whom were captured by Americans. NOTE: Above (official) coordinates of sinking are suspect: TAKANAMI's surviving navigator estimated five miles south of Savo.
24 December 1942:
Removed from Navy List.