Hatsuyuki-class destroyer

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Hatsuyuki-class destroyer
DD-122 Hatsuyuki in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
Height 13.6 meters
Length 130 meters
Targets Godzilla
Piloted by Multiple
First appearance Latest appearance
Godzilla vs. Biollante Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla

The Hatsuyuki-class destroyer (はつゆき型護衛艦,   Hatsuyuki-gata Goeikan) is a type of Japanese warship featured in numerous Godzilla films, beginning with Godzilla vs. Biollante.

History[edit | edit source]

Heisei era[edit | edit source]

Godzilla vs. Biollante[edit | edit source]

After Bio-Major freed Godzilla from Mount Mihara, several Hatsuyuki-class destroyers, along with a Haruna-class destroyer and UH-1B Hueys, confronted him in the Uraga Channel. Raining an onslaught of weaponry at the kaiju, the Hatsuyukis and the Haruna were unsuccessful, as Godzilla destroyed the latter with his atomic breath.

Godzilla vs. Mothra[edit | edit source]

A fleet of Hatsuyuki-class destroyers were deployed to confront the larval Mothra as she approached Japan, alongside the Haruna-class destroyer Hiei. The ships fired on Mothra with their cannons, but Mothra retaliated, destroying one of the Hatsuyuki fleet (marked as DD-134) and driving off the rest of the fleet.

Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla[edit | edit source]

The Hatsuyuki-class destroyers were deployed once more when Godzilla appeared near the coast of Kagoshima as he traveled across Japan to face SpaceGodzilla and free his son, LittleGodzilla, from his crystal prison. Once again, their weapons were ineffective, and Godzilla wiped out a Haruna-class destroyer.

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah[edit | edit source]

A Hatsuyuki-class destroyer, DD-123 Shirayuki, followed Godzilla off the coast of Okinawa while G-Force constructed a plan to deal with his impending meltdown.

Millennium era[edit | edit source]

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla[edit | edit source]

The Hatsuyuki was used by the JMSDF when Godzilla was believed to be approaching Tokyo. The ship traveled through Tokyo Bay, and discovered the kaiju using its sonar.

Godzilla: Final Wars[edit | edit source]

Stock footage of a Hatsuyuki-class destroyer from Godzilla vs. Biollante briefly appears in the film's opening credits.

Video games[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The naval battle in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla was significantly shortened due to several special effects malfunctions, including the self-destruction of a Haruna-class destroyer miniature's guns.


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