First waves of the assault force, embarked in LVTs, head for the Iwo Jima beach, 19 February 1945. Landing Craft, Support (LCS) are positioned near shore shore, providing close-in fire support. Also providing gunfire support, nearer to the camera, are two destroyers and (at right) the battleship Tennessee (BB-43). Mount Suribachi is in the upper left. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.