The "Fist of the Fleet" emblem is known around the world: A black fist clenching a red lightning bolt on a field of gold wreathed with four stars. Each star represents participation in a war in which VFA-25 has flown aircraft in combat: WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East.
The clenched fist design of the "Fist of the Fleet" insignia dates back to 9 June 1949, approved by Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Louis E. Denfeld. Later modifications to the insignia included the addition of a scroll and then the addition of three stars. The "Fist of the Fleet" insignia maintained its clenched fist design with the addition of three battle stars until 1 July 1983, when the insignia returned to the basic design without the stars and modified the scroll inscription from VA-25 to VFA-25, as the "Fist of the Fleet" transitioned from the A-7 Corsair to F/A-18A Hornet.
VFA-25 recently requested to return the insignia back to its pre-July 1983 emblem, with the inclusion of the fourth battle star from Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.