The Hatsuyuki was first used by the JMSDF when rumours of Godzilla returning began to surface. The ship travelled through Tokyo Bay, and discovered the kaiju using its onboard Sonar Equipment.
A year after Godzilla's first bout with Kiryu, The Hatsuyuki was sent out amidst a detachment of Naval forces to engage Godzilla as he approached Tokyo once again. Concentrating their firepower, the JMSDF suffered no losses, but their weaponry appeared to have little effect on Godzilla himself.
- The ship's predecessor, the DD-122 Hatsuyuki, appeared in the Heisei era of Godzilla films.
- The real ship was decommissioned in 2010.