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Amatsukaze
There's a nice wind coming...
The next generation destroyer prototype,
it is now mine, Amatsukaze's, turn.
~ Amatsukaze
Amatsukaze (天津風?, "Heavenly Wind") was a Kagero-class destroyer of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Appearance

Amatsukaze, upon remodeling, gains a small smile on her CG art. Her "hairpin" (chimney) also occasionally bubble out little heart-shaped smoke bubbles. Players in the community have suggested that this might be a sign of her warming up to the admiral. (Amatsukaze was historically (mistakenly) abandoned for some time.)

Personality

As the guinea pig for Shimakaze's turbine, she is Shimakaze's elder sister. This is indeed reflected in-game with both incarnations coming with enhanced boilers as stock equipment.

Implied to be a tsundere, she likes breezes. She is often drawn as a group with Shimakaze, Yukikaze and Tokitsukaze (Test bed for the former and her immediate elder and younger sisters respectively for the latter two), whom are seen (in various combinations) in fanart hanging out together or more often competing for Amatsukaze's attention.

Trivia

  • She shares a captain (Tameichi Hara) with both Shigure and Yahagi. Captain Hara was the only IJN Destroyer Captain from the start of the war to survive to the very end.
  • Survived a torpedo attack from the USS Redfin which blew off her bow after setting off her forward magazine and killed 80 of her crew; the rest of her crew abandoned her under the assumption she was too heavily damaged. She was found still afloat six days later by a Japanese patrol plane and was towed back to Singapore to be fitted with a temporary bow.
  • Her name means "heavenly wind."
  • Sunk in action by the USAAF, April 6, 1945 near Amoy (now Xiamen), China (24°30′N 118°10′E)
  • Scuttled April 10, 1945
  • In 2012, the wreckage of Amatsukaze was found by a Chinese engineering ship. About 30 tons of the wreckage was salvaged, cut into pieces and sold as scrap metal before the intervention of local relics administration departments.

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