Yukikaze (1939)

Yukikaze running trials in December, 1939. Photo in the collection of the Kure Maritime Museum.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1938
Launched
1939
Commissioned
1940
Decommissioned
1966
AD/BC
AD
History

The Kagero-class destroyer Yukikaze was commissioned 20 January, 1940. She has a reputation as one of the luckiest ships ever, due to her impressive war record. Participating in the invasions of the Philippines and Dutch East Indies at the outbreak of war with the west in 1941, Yukikaze would go on to fight in the battles of Midway, Santa Cruz, several of the naval actions around Guadalcanal, the Bismarck Sea, the Philippine Sea, Leyte Gulf, and even escorting the Yamato on her suicide run to Okinawa. Yukikaze survived the war, the only one of her class to do so, and was handed over to the Nationalist Chinese as a war prize in 1947. Renamed Dan Yang (alternatively Tan Yang), she became a training ship for the Republic of China Navy. She was rearmed in 1952, and operated on patrols in the South China Sea. Dan Yang captured several ships heading for the Communist mainland, including two Polish and one Soviet merchantmen, and she sank a Communist Chinese corvette in 1957. She ran aground in a typhoon in 1970. Despite the efforts of Japan to have her returned for use as a museum ship, she was scrapped that year. As consolation prizes, her rudder and an anchor were returned to Japan.