|“||The 9th Shiratsuyu-class Destroyer, Kawakaze of the revised Shiratsuyu-class. Nice to meet you! Ah, about the reading of my name, do not get it wrong!||„|
Kawakaze (江風 ”River Wind”?) was the ninth of ten Shiratsuyu-class destroyers, and the third to be built for the Imperial Japanese Navy under the Circle Two Program (Maru Ni Keikaku).
Kawakaze has blue eyes and very long red hair tied into low twintails with red hair ribbons, wears a white hairband, has very long payot, a long ahoge, and has asymmetrical bangs. Her clothing has a distinct black and white contrast with blue trimming, with a white-and-black collared sleeveless shirt half-opened to reveal her navel, blue neckerchief, black elbow gloves, a skirt pleated skirt held by a thick white belt, black thighhighs, and loafers. She shares many of these characteristics with her sister-ship Umikaze.
Her combat gear is unusually painted all black, with a hand-carried, twin-turret cannon in her left hand, a smokestack and antenna mast carried like a backpack, and twin torpedo turrets on machine arms from the smokestack.
Kawakaze has a fiery "delinquent girl"/sukeban personality.
- Her name means "river wind".
- It was first carried by the second and last ship of the Urakaze class Destroyers in 1915. The 1915 Kawakaze never served Japan, as she was sold before completion to Italy.
- Then, it was carried by the leader of the Kawakaze class destroyers in 1918. That class is sometimes referred to as the Tanikaze class as the latter was laid done before (even if she was launched and completed after).
- She was in 1939 the only Japanese destroyer whose name was carried by two other destroyers before her.
- She was sunk 7 August of 1943 by the USS Dunlap (DD-384), USS Craven (DD-382) and USS Maury (DD-401), between Kolombangara and Vella Lavella, in the Battle of Vella Gulf; hence hers and Umikaze's 21:00 lines.