VA-125 Skylancers Squadron Patch
VA-125 was an Attack Squadron of the U.S. Navy. It was established as Reserve Attack Squadron VA-55E, most likely during the activation of the Naval Air Reserve in 1946. It remained in an inactive status until January 1950, when it was redesignated VA-923. The squadron was called to active duty on 20 July 1950. It was redesignated VA-125 on 4 February 1953, and disestablished on 10 April 1958. Its nickname was the Rough Raiders from 1952 onward.
A second, unrelated, squadron was designated VA-125 in 1956.
1 February 1953: The squadron’s commanding officer, Commander J. C. Micheel, was killed in action in Korea.
Home port assignments
The squadron was assigned to these home ports, effective on the dates shown
NAS St. Louis – Assigned prior to 1950. Exact date unknown.
NAS San Diego – 02 Aug 1950
NAS Miramar – Jan 1952
The squadron first received the following aircraft on the dates shown
TBM Avenger – Prior to 1950. Exact date unknown.
AM Mauler – 1950
AD-2 Skyraider – Sep 1950
AD-4Q Skyraider – Oct 1950
AD-4 Skyraider – Dec 1950
AD-3 Skyraider – Dec 1950
AD-4B Skyraider – Jun 1953
AD-4NA Skyraider – Sep 1953
AD-6 Skyraider – Oct 1954
AD-7 Skyraider – Jan 1957