Asagumo was an Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer that was laid down in December 1936 at the Kawasaki Shipyards in Kobe and commissioned in March 1938. She covered troop transports during the invasions of Malaya, the Philippines, and the Dutch East Indies, and she sunk HMS Electra (H27) at the Battle of Badung Strait. She also covered nine Tokyo Express missions during the Solomon Islands campaign of 1942-43, and she sunk USS Monssen (DD-436) at the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in November 1942. In March 1943, she survived numerous air attacks at the Battle of the Bismarck Sea while rescuing survivors from other sinking vessels, and she returned to Yokosuka for repairs. On 25 October 1944, Asagumo was sunk by US Navy torpedoes and naval gunfire at the Battle of Surigao Strait, and 191 of her crew went down with her, while 39 were rescued and captured by the US Navy.