Attack Squadron 25 (ATKRON 25)

VA-25 ĎFist of the Fleetí

 

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STATUS:

established as Torpedo Squadron 17 (VT-17) on January 1, 1943
VT-17 redesignated Attack Squadron 6B (VA-6B) on November 15, 1946
VA-6B redesignated Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) on July 27, 1948

VA-65 redesignated Attack Squadron 25 (VA-25) on July 1, 1959
VA-25 redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron 25 (VFA-25) on July 1, 1983

AIRCRAFT:

Douglas AD-6/7 (A-1H/J) Skyraider (1959-68)

Ling-Temco-Vought A-7B Corsair II (1968-69)

Ling-Temco-Vought A-7E Corsair II (1969-83)

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

August 1959 - March 1960 with CVG-2 aboard USS Midway (CVA 41)

February 1961 - September 1961 with CVG-2 aboard USS Midway (CVA 41)

April 1962 - October 1962 with CVG-2 aboard USS Midway (CVA 41)

November 1963 - May 1964 with CVG-2 aboard USS Midway (CVA 41)

March 1965 - November 1965 with CVW-2 aboard USS Midway (CVA 41)

July 1966 - February 1967 with CVW-2 aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA 43)

June 1967 - April 1968 with CVW-15 aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA 43)

February 1969 - September 1969 with CVW-16 aboard USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14)

October 1970 - June 1971 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CVA 61)

November 1972 - June 1973 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CVA 61)

May 1974 - October 1974 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CVA 61)

April 1975 - May 1975 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CVA 61)

January 1976 - September 1976 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CV 61)

January 1979 - September 1979 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CVA 61)

September 1980 - May 1981 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CVA 61)

April 1982 - October 1982 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CVA 61)

 

images

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25) with a F/A-18 of VFA-125 - early 1980ís (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25) with a F/A-18 of VFA-125 - early 1980ís (NNAM)

 

A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - 1982

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25) - early 1980ís (note, the aircraft wears the tailcode NM of decommissioned CVW-19) (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25) - early 1980ís (note, the aircraft wears the tailcode NM of decommissioned CVW-19) (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - early 1980ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - early 1980ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - early 1980ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - early 1980ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - early 1980ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - early 1980ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - early 1980ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - 1070ís

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1070ís

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair IIís (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair IIís (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-2) (NNAM)

 

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-16) embarked on USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14) - 1969 (NNAM)

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-16) embarked on USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14) - 1969 (NNAM)

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-16) embarked on USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14) - 1969 (NNAM)

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-16) embarked on USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14) - 1969 (NNAM)

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-25 / CVW-16) and a F-8 Crusader escorting a Sovjet ĎBearí - 1969 (NNAM)

 

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A-1H Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-15) during A-1 retirement ceremony - 1968 (NNAM)

 

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A-1J Skyraider of VA-25 assigned to CVW-15 embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1966/67

 

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A-1J Skyraider of VA-25 assigned to CVW-2 embarked on USS Midway (CVA 41) dropping bombs over Vietnam - 1965 (NNAM)

 

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A-1J Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1J Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1J Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1H Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1H Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1H Skyraiders (VA-25 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1H Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1 Skyraiders (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1 Skyraiders (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) with Mount Fuji in the background - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1 Skyraiders (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) with Mount Fuji in the background - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1H Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1H Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1H Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1H Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1H Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1H Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1H Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1H Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1H Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1H Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1H Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1 Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1 Skyraiders (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Midway (CVA 41) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1H Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Midway (CVA 41) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1J Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Midway (CVA 41) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1 Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Midway (CVA 41) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

A-1 Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Midway (CVA 41) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1 Skyraiders (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Midway (CVA 41) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1 Skyraiders (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Midway (CVA 41) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1 Skyraiders (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Midway (CVA 41) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1 Skyraiders (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Midway (CVA 41) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1 Skyraiders (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Midway (CVA 41) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1 Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Midway (CVA 41) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1 Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Midway (CVA 41) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

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A-1 Skyraider (VA-25 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Midway (CVA 41) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

 

history

Chronology of Significant Events:

 

10 Sep-2 Oct 1943: The squadron was embarked in Bunker Hill (CV 17), enroute from Norfolk to Pearl Harbor via the Panama Canal and San Diego.

11 Nov 1943: The squadron flew its first combat sorties, striking targets in Rabaul.

Nov 1943-Feb 1944: The squadron flew numerous combat missions, striking targets in Kavieng, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Truk and Tinian.

2 Feb 1944: During operations over Eniwetok, the squadronís commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander F. M. Whitaker, was lost in a midair collision.

Feb 1945: The squadron flew numerous combat missions against targets in Japan and the Bonin Islands and provided ground support for the invasion of Iwo Jima.

19 Mar 1945: For their actions against the Japanese Fleet in the Kure Bay area of the Inland Sea, the following squadron personnel were awarded the Navy Cross: Lieutenant Commander W. M. Romberger; Lieutenant H. E. Clark; Lieutenant (jg)s T. J. Coghlan, H. W. Foote, H. C. Johnson, A. C. Traxler and Ensign J. Behl. Lieutenant J. A. Tew was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during this attack.

Mar 1945: Squadron aircraft struck Japanese ships in the East China Sea, Inland Sea and around the Ryukyu Islands and land based targets in and around Okinawa.

7 Apr 1945: VT-17, along with other units from the task force, attacked a Japanese naval force composed of the superbattleship Yamato and her escorts. Squadron aircraft scored several torpedo hits on the Yamato and sunk one of her destroyer escorts. For their actions in this battle the following squadron personnel were awarded the Navy Cross: Lieutenants T. C. Durkin and S. G. Sullivan; Lieutenant (jg) J. F. Monaghan and Ensign W. F. Nickel. Lieutenant H. E. Clark, Lieutenant (jg) T. J. Coghlan and Ensign R. S. Hanlon were awarded the Silver Star for their actions.

Apr 1945: Combat missions were flown against targets in and around Okinawa in preparation for the invasion of that island.

May-Jun 1945: VT-17 aircraft struck targets in and around Okinawa, Kyushu, Shikoku and ships in the East China Sea.

27 Oct-23 Nov 1949: VA-65, embarked in Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB 42), operated in the Davis Straits area conducting cold weather exercises.

15 Sep 1950: Squadron aircraft participated in combat strikes against shore defenses in and around Inchon, Korea, just before the landings at Inchon.

1 Oct 1950: Squadron aircraft struck the North Korean capital of Píyongyang, hitting the airfield and scoring a direct hit on a large electrical power plant.

23 Jun 1952: Squadron aircraft participated in a coordinated four carrier strike on North Korean hydroelectric power plants. VA-65ís Skyraiders hit the Suiho power plant on the Yalu River.

6 Aug 1952: Embarked in Boxer, the squadron was preparing for routine combat operations when a fire broke out on the hangar deck. Squadron personnel assisted in removing armed ordnance from planes on the flight deck and helped fight the fire on the hangar deck. One casualty was suffered by the squadron as a result of the fire.

Feb 1955: While embarked in Essex (CVA 9) and operating in the Formosa Straits, the squadron provided air support during the evacuation of Nationalist Chinese forces from the Tachen Islands which had come under bombardment by the Peopleís Republic of China.

25 Aug 1958: Midway (CVA 41), with VA-65 embarked, was ordered to discontinue its ORI and proceed to the vicinity of Taiwan following the shelling of the Quemoy Islands on 23 August by the Chinese Communists.

Mar 1961: The squadron, while embarked in Midway, operated in the South China Sea due to the crisis in Laos.

Apr 1965: The squadron engaged in its first combat operations in the Vietnam theater.

20 Jun 1965: Four of the squadronís Skyraiders engaged enemy fighters over North Vietnam resulting in the shoot down of a MiG-17. Lieutenant Clinton B. Johnson and Lieutenant (jg) Charles W. Hartman III were awarded Silver Stars for their actions in downing the MiG-17.

14 Sep 1966: While on a combat sortie near Vinh, North Vietnam, the squadronís commanding officer, Commander C. W. Stoddard, was shot down by a surface- to-air missile and lost at sea.

Jan 1968: Squadron aircraft provided close air support for U.S. Marines beseiged at Khe Sanh, South Vietnam.

6 Apr 1968: The squadron returned to NAS Lemoore from a combat deployment to Vietnam, bringing to a close an era for the A-1 Skyraider. It was the last attack squadron to deploy and operate the A-1. The A- 1ís last combat mission with VA-25 came to an end on 20 February when the aircraft touched down on the deck of Coral Sea (CVA 43).

Apr 1969: Following the shoot down of a Navy EC-121 aircraft by the North Koreans, Ticonderoga (CVA 14), with VA-25 embarked, was ordered to the Sea of Japan.

21 Nov 1970: Squadron aircraft flew Rescue Combat Air Patrol sorties while an Army-Air Force search and rescue team landed at the Son Tay POW compound, 20 miles west of Hanoi, in an attempt to free American POWs. Unfortunately the POW compound had already been evacuated by the North Vietnamese.

Dec 1972: The squadron participated in Linebacker II Operations, heavy air strikes against targets primarily around Hanoi and Haiphong.

15 Jan 1973: The squadron participated with several other squadrons in a large laser bombing attack against bridge targets in North Vietnam. This coordinated strike used the A-6ís Pave Knife Laser Designation System to guide laser-guided bombs dropped by A-7 aircraft.

Jan-Feb 1973: Following the cease fire with North Vietnam on 27 January, the squadron concentrated its attention on strikes against lines-of-communication targets in Laos until an agreement was reached with that country.

Jul 1976: Following the Israeli raid on Entebbe and the threatened military operations against Kenya by Uganda, the Ranger (CV 61), with VA-25 embarked, was ordered to transit from the South China Sea to the western Indian Ocean and operate off the coast of Kenya.

1980: VA-25 was on station in the Indian Ocean during the Iran hostage crisis.


In May 1983, the Fists began training in the then-new F/A-18A Hornet. The squadron was redesignated as Strike Fighter Squadron 25 (VFA-25) on July 1, 1983.

 

 

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patches

 

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