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The Harekaze is a Kagerou-class destroyer under the command of Akeno Misaki. Over the events of Haifuri, the destroyer would distinguish itself as the ship that saved Yokosuka from the wrath of the Totalitarian Disease.

Description Edit

The Harekaze is a Kagerou-class destroyer with, like most ships from Yokosuka Naval Academy, has red stripes on the hull and superstructure. The naval academy's badge are in both sides of the forward funnel.

The Harekaze only has subtle differences from the original World War II designs. She also features two military-grade skippers toward the bow of the vessel. Most of its systems like the main batteries are automated, given that it only takes less people to operate the ship.

Due to being outfitted with test equipment, the Harekaze is the fastest destroyer in its class. However, the equipment also makes her unstable.

It is the only known destroyer to have received upgrades over the course of the series.

After the events of the two-part OVA, the new Harekaze (ex-Okikaze) carries most, if not all, of its systems from the old Harekaze.

History Edit

Akeno was given command of the Harekaze after the opening ceremony. The ship soon sallied out on a two-week maritime exercise at the Nishinoshima New Islands, along with the Musashi and Sarushima.

En route to the rendezvous point, however, the Harekaze suffered engine trouble. Before they could even get to the islands, however, the Sarushima met it on open waters and began bombarding the destroyer. To save her classmates, Akeno ordered a dummy torpedo to be fired on the Sarushima to disable it long enough to make their escape. However, in doing so, they were branded as mutineers.

Throughout the series, the Harekaze slugged it out with ships multiple times its size such as the Admiral Graf Spee and Hiei. Akeno used the only advantage the destroyer had--its speed and maneuverability--to great effect to outwit these capital ships.

After rescuing the Musashi and preventing an epidemic from breaking out in the mainland, the Harekaze returned to port and delivered its crew safe and sound. Only when it had done did the ship sank beneath the waves. While saddened at the loss, the crew honored the ship for its sacrifice.

A month after the incident, the Harekaze was partially refloated. Its internal workings were transferred to the Okikaze (designation number Y-469), which was rechristened as the new Harekaze.

Crew Edit

Bridge Edit

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Artillery Edit

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Engineering Edit

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Budgeting Edit

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In other media Edit

World of Warships Edit

The Harekaze, along with the Admiral Graf Spee, is planned to make an appearance in the online multiplayer game World of Warships. Initial screenshots of the upcoming collaboration feature the Harekaze's main gun, which can be upgraded from the 12.7 cm. main gun to the 10 cm. main gun and Mk. 39 5-inch cannon. The ships can be purchased in the Premium Shop upon release.

Gallery Edit

HSF Harekaze

Destroyer Harekaze use in World of Warships

Trivia Edit

  • In the anime, the Harekaze's main batteries were constantly upgraded to Type 98 10 cm/65 caliber guns and American Mk 16 5"/54 caliber dual-purpose guns. The Kagerou-class destroyers during World War II never received such upgrades, especially the Type 98s, as naval doctrine shifted to increasing the number of anti-air guns as the war got closer to the Japanese homeland. Furthermore, the destroyers were never designed to accept American weapons.
  • The Yukikaze, the only surviving destroyer of its class, however, was upgraded to the 10 cm dual-purpose guns after the war, when she was in service with the Taiwanese navy, which rechristened her as the Tan Yang. The ship became famous for evacuating generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek to Taiwan after the Chinese Civil War.
  • The Harekaze is the only ship in Hai-Furi without a historical analogue. None of the 19 Kagerou-class destroyers commissioned during World War II was named as such.
  • Although the Okikaze is portrayed as a Kagerou-class destroyer, in real-life history the name is associated with the older Minekaze-class destroyer.

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