VF-871 Reserve squadron called to active duty on 20 July 1950
Redesignated VF-123 on 4 February 1953
Redesignated VF-53 on 12 April 1958
Redesignated VF-143 on 20 June 1962
Insignia approved: 1 August 1994*
* This is a formal approval of an insignia used by VF-53 and VF-143 since the late 1950s. Due to confusion surrounding the use of the insignia by two different squadrons that had been assigned the VF-53 designation, the administrative procedures for insignia approval lapsed.