Laid down in 1918 as the lead ship of her class, the destroyer Minekaze was commissioned on 29 May, 1920. Minekaze joined Destroyer Division 2 upon her commissioning, serving as escort for the carrier Akagi from 1930-32, and as part of the China patrol in the for the rest of the 1930s. During World War II, Minekaze, considered obsolescent, was assigned to patrol and escort duties in rear areas, initially off Korea and Tsushima. She transferred to Sasebo in 1942, and ran several convoys to the central Pacific, before she was assigned to the East China Sea. She was sunk by the submarine USS Pogy (SS-266) off Formosa (now Taiwan) on 10 February, 1944.