From the start of the Pacific war in December, 1941, she and her division supported operations and landings throughout Southeast Asia.Des Div 6 provided cover for Admiral Kondos Southern Main Force, escorting Japanese troopships for landing operations in the Malaya and the invasion of the Philippines, and continued to support operations throughout the Philippines and Southeast Asia to the end of March 1942.
She returned to Japan in late March and received a refit in April at Yokosuka Naval Base, where she remained for the month.Des Div 6 was then assigned escort duties for the Aleutians Operation and invasion of Kiska in early June.Hull plating was reinforced with additional plating, and more ballast added, resulting in an increase in displacement from approximately 2000 to 2400 tons. The mast was reduced in size to that of the earlier Fubuki types.The main turrets were modified as well, with a lower profile to the gun layers position, a stiffening of the structure, and improved ventilation.The design and hull structure of the entire fleet was called into question as a result.
After a thorough investigation, the IJN embarked on a massive correction program, adding ballast, reinforcing hulls, and reconstructing some ships and classes in order to reduce their top weight. All four ships underwent reconstruction between 19. An improved main fire control director was emplaced on top of the new bridge.All these changes were part of a generalized trend in the IJN in the late 1920s and early 1930s toward adding additional armament and equipment on treaty limited hulls.This was a reflection of the mindset of the Naval General Staff which, given the overall and individual tonnage limitations of each ship type by treaty, sought to maximize the qualitative superiority of each Japanese ship over a potential adversary.Launched in June, 1932, she was commissioned into service on March 31st, 1933.Along with her three Type III sisters (Akatsuki, Inazuma, Ikazuchi), she was attached to Des Div 6, serving with the Destroyer Squadron 1, as part of the First Fleet. With her sisters, she participated in multiple operations off the Chinese coast during the 1930s in support of Japanese forces, and received an extensive refit and modernization in 1936.The Fubuki class of destroyers was a new, enlarged Japanese destroyer design that emerged in the wake of the naval disarmament treaties of the early 1920s.