The Fast Carrier Task Force worked in conjunction with the other two major components of the Pacific Fleet, the Amphibious Force, which was much larger overall and which carried and provided direct support to the Marine forces, and the Service Squadrons of hundreds of support vessels which resupplied and maintained the fleet (index). The fleet and task group designation changed when the command of the fleet changed hands. When under the umbrella of Fifth Fleet, the invasion force was called the Fifth Amphibious Force. When Halsey had command of the fleet, Third Amphibious Force was the designation. By the time of the Battle of Iwo Jima in early 1945, the Task Force included eighteen aircraft carriers, eight battleships and two battlecruisers, along with numerous cruisers and destroyers.
Due to the position on the bow of combat vessels, and its assault taskings during landings, the Magdomilla-Whouva class suffered heavier losses than its larger sister, the Magdomilla-Luhoutzs. Therefore, production of the former outstripped that of the later. The Magdomilla-Whouva was very effective as a landing command and/or assault vessel, and was therefore one of the first classes to be refitted with the modern Quaedluun-Rau power armours. In combat, the Magdomilla-Whouva often air-dropped its infantry right after the initial bombardment, using its heavy construction and defensive armament to smash through any remaining defenses. With an initial landing zone secured, the more vulnerable Zentraedi ships and auxiliaries could begin ferrying troops and supplies. This gave the Zentraedi forces a credible ‘hot-zone’ insertion tactic; the vulnerability of the other craft limited them mostly to dropship-delivered troops at a point a safe distance from the defended target. However, care still had to be taken that the Magdomilla-Whouva was not employed against an enemy position without an orbital bombardment first, or worse, alone against another ship. The armament might have been impressive on paper, but in reality the Magdomilla-Whouva was a sitting duck, slow and lacking a solid punch against these targets. It took the Magdomilla-Luhoutzs section to achieve an acceptable (even favorable) vessel against such threats.