VMA(AW)-225 Patches

VMA(AW)-225 Squadron Patch (Blue) VMA(AW)-225 Squadron Patch (Blue)
Size: 4" Height
In Stock: >5
Price: $8.99

Marine Fighting Squadron 225 was commissioned Jan. 1, 1943, and designated VMF-225. The squadron was founded at MCAS Mojave, CA. In May 1958, the A-4D Skyhawk replaced the Skyraider, and in October '58 the squadron moved back to MCAS Cherry Point, NC. During the next three years the squadron made two Mediterranean cruises. The first was aboard the USS Essex from August 1959 to February 1960; the second was aboard the Shangri-La January 1961. VMA-225 became the first Marine squadron to deploy and conduct night operations aboard USS Enterprise, spending the last three months of 1962 aboard the "Big E" during the Cuban Missile crisis. In March 1963, VMA-225 became the first to operate independently at night from a Short Airfield for Tactical Support (SATS) at MCAF Bogue Field, NC. In 1964, VMA-225 set a carrier qualification record aboard the USS Lexington. VMA-225 also established an all-time record for total deployments by a Marine squadron aboard aircraft carriers. The next major deployment of VMA-225 came September 1964, when the squadron received orders to Japan. In May 1965, the squadron moved to Chu Lai for participation in combat operations against Viet Cong forces in South Vietnam. VMA-225 returned to MCAS Cherry Point in October 1965. In April 1966 the Grumman built A-6A Intruder replaced the A-4 Skyhawk as the squadron's combat ready aircraft. With the advent of the “Intruder” and it's all weather capability, the squadron was redesignated VMA(AW)-225. During the squadron's 29 years of service to the Corps, the "Vikings" set many firsts in Marine Corps Aviation. The unit earned numerous Command Post Exercise awards and other distinctions such as being the first Marine Attack Squadron to fly Trans-Atlantic to Spain. A leader in the development of fighter operations, night attack, and all weather tactics, it was only fitting that the squadron was reactivated on July 1, 1991, at MCAS El Toro, Calif., and redesignated as Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 225. This patch does not come with velcro attached!!

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