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The Mutsuki-class destroyers can be broadly divided into two types, the early type and the late type, depending on the difference in equipment. The early type is mainly equipped with weapons such as depth charges on the rear deck; the late type was equipped with paravanes, etc., on the same deck, contributing to the mine-sweeping mission. The Yuzuki is included in the late-model types equipped with paravanes; the Kikuzuki, Mikazuki, and Mochizuki were the same type of ship. Many of the Mutsuki-class ships were put into escort convoys, and continued to make round trips from the mainland to the South Pacific. In this class, which was said to have weak anti-aircraft weapons, weapons to match their battlefield were changed out. Two of the four main guns, half of which would be removed, were equipped with 25mm double and triple guns to strengthen their anti-aircraft armament.
After August 20th, 1944, Yuzuki and her consort ships formed a "Japanese hunter-killer force" consisting of Otaka-class aircraft carriers to escort the convoy. By December 1944, only Uzuki and Yuzuki were left of the Mutsuki-class destroyers due to the fierce battles encountered while escorting the convoy. After that, she participated in the operation aimed at landing munitions supplies and soldiers for the Japanese Army confronting the U.S. Army that landed on Ormoc, Leyte Island. However, the U.S. military attack was ferocious, and all the transport ships were destroyed. Yuzuki was also sunk on the 13th, and all of the Mutsuki-class ships were lost.
1920 - 1949
Zerstörer / Torpedoboot / Fregatte
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