Hashidate was the lead ship in a class of gunboats, begun in 1939. Commissioning on 30 June, 1940, Hashidate displaced 1,009 tons, could make 19.5 knots, and mounted three 120mm (4.7") guns in two turrets. Designed for operations off China, she deployed shortly after commissioning, and participated in the invasion of Hong Kong. Following its capture, Hashidate operated out of Hong Kong, receiving extra 25mm AA guns and some depth charges in 1943. On 22 May, 1944, she was towing a cripples merchant ship when she was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine USS Picuda.