Built by Maizuru Naval Arsenal at Maizuru. Laid down July 25, 1941. Launched April 3, 1942. Completed December 29, 1942. Named Hatsuzuki 初) meaning "New Moon" (in Autumn) in Japanese.
Assigned to Captain Taguchi Shooichi.
On January 15, 1943 assigned to the 3rd Fleet, Desron 10, Desdiv 61. On March 22-27, 1943 escorted Junyo and Hiyo from Saeki to Truk, then transported construction personnel to Kavieng, assisting Aoba with firefighting then proceeded to Rabaul. On April 4, 1943 departed Rabaul for Truk.
During May 17-22, escorted ships from Truk to Yokosuka, then spent a month in Japan undergoing maitenance and training.
During June underwent upkeep and training in Japan.
On July 10 departed Japan on a escort mission to Truk. On the 19th departed Truk escorting Nisshin, Mogami, Oyodo and Agano transporting troops of the 4th Southsea Garrison Unit to Rabaul and then onto northern Bougainville at Tarlena (south of Buka).
On October 25, 1944 escorted Admiral Ozawa's Northern Force in Battle off Cape Engano. While covering the rescue of survivors from the sinking of the Zuikaku and Zuihō, this destroyer was sunk by US Navy cruisers and destroyers off Cape Engano at roughly 20-24 N, 126-20 E.
Fates of the Crew
All hands including Captain Amano Shigetaka were lost. Only eight crew members and and 17 Zuikaku crew survived in a cutter lowered just before sinking reached southern Formosa 21 days later and were rescued on November 14.
Senshi Sosho Vol. 58, Page 164-165
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