One of the Minekaze-class, Yakaze was laid down 15 August, 1918, and commissioned 19 July, 1920. She was assigned to the Second Fleet out of Kure until 1931, when she was transferred to the First Air Fleet, forming part of the screen for the carriers Akagi and Hosho. The following year, however, saw Yakaze on the Yangtze patrol. Due to the obsolescence of the Minekazes, Yakaze was repurposed as a radio-controlled target mothership in the late 30s, before becoming a target herself in 1942. She served in this role until 18 July, 1945, when she was sunk in shallow water by American air attacks. Yakaze was broken up in 1948.