Of the more than 100 first-class fleet destroyers that served in the Nihon Kaigun during the Pacific war, only three were still afloat at the time of the Japanese surrender. Of those three, YUKIKAZE was the only one still capable of offensive action…the only one still ready to carry its “Long Lances” into battle against the enemy.
Once the surrender was signed on the USS MISSOURI, YUKIKAZE entered Maizuru Navy Yard. Her guns, turrets, torpedo mounts and ammunition were removed, temporary shelter spaces were installed on her main deck, and special markings (including her name in big Romanji letters on each side of her hull, as shown below) were painted on. (Note how high she rode in the water without the weapons and ammo.) From 2/10/46 to 12/18/46 she repatriated more than 13,000 Japanese military and civilian personnel from China, Rabaul, Bangkok, Port Moresby and Okinawa, sailing more than 38,000 miles in the process.