Astronomy Ireland and USS Kaloli (AOG-13)

Astronomy Ireland is an astronomy association based in Ireland (including the Republic and Northern Ireland). It is a non-profit educational organisation, separate but connected to its parent company 'Astronomy & Space Ltd.', owned by its director David Moore. The club does not hold annual general meetings nor allow its membership to elect its officers. It does not publish annual accounts, despite publicly aired concerns about its close relationship with the chairman's commercial interests.

Contents 1 History 2 Activities 3 Publications and media 4 Astronomy Shop 5 External links 6 References

History

Astronomy Ireland (AI) was founded in Dublin in 1990 by David Moore and others following a split from the Irish Astronomical Society. Activities Observing sessions: Eclipses of the Moon, meteor showers, favourable planetary apparitions, and other events. In Dublin, the most popular meeting place is beside the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park. Lectures: These are recorded by the society and are made available on the club website for free download for a limited period of time. DVDs of each lecture may be purchased for €5. Astrophysicist Chris Lintott and science writer John Gribbin have delivered lectures. Star-B-Q: Annual barbecue held at Roundwood, County Wicklow. Astro-Expo: Annual astronomy and science exhibition held in Dublin. Astronomy course: Introduces new members and non-members to elementary astronomy. Foreign trips: Arranged to observe total solar eclipses. Turkey was visited in 2006. Publications and media

Members are kept up-to-date by e-mail newsletters and text messages. A premium rate telephone news service alerts Irish and British astronomers to celestial events, ranging from flyovers of the International Space Station to meteor showers.

Astronomy & Space Ltd. produces a monthly magazine for Astronomy Ireland called Astronomy & Space which is aimed mainly at young people and inexperienced amateur astronomers.

A weekly radio programme, AIRS (Astronomy Ireland Radio Show), is broadcast every Tuesday on FM radio and on the Internet. Previous shows are available from the MP3 archive on the club's website, along with recordings of other radio programmes of interest to astronomers, such as interviews with famous astronomers. Astronomy Shop

A private venture called the Astronomy Shop, owned and managed by the company's director, David Moore, is associated with Astronomy Ireland. External links Astronomy Ireland Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies

USS Kaloli (AOG-13) and Astronomy Ireland

USS Kaloli (AOG-13) was a gasoline tanker acquired by the U.S. Navy for the dangerous task of transporting gasoline to warships in the fleet, and to remote Navy stations.

Kaloli was launched in 1941 as Flying A by the Charleston Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Charleston, South Carolina; owned by Tidewater Associated Oil Co., San Francisco, California; and acquired and commissioned by the Navy at Honolulu, Hawaii, 29 April 1942, Lt. Comdr. G. H. Chapman, Jr., in command.

Contents 1 World War II service 1.1 Supporting the Pacific Fleet 2 Post-war decommissioning 3 Military awards and honors 4 References 5 See also 6 External links

World War II service

Taken over on time charter through the Maritime Commission, Kaloli served as a unit of Service Squadron 8, supplying forward island depots in the Pacific Ocean with military supplies and material. Supporting the Pacific Fleet

Operating out of Pearl Harbor, she ranged the Central Pacific and provided logistic support for bases at Midway, Johnston, Canton, Christmas, and Palmyra Islands. She conducted over 40 fueling missions to these islands between 28 May 1942 and 3 July 1945, carrying over 20 million gallons of aviation gasoline as well as lesser quantities of commercial gasoline and diesel fuel. Though she was never in combat, her service to combat ships of the Navy was both efficient and valuable.

Kaloli shuttled fuel among various tank farms in the Hawaiian Islands from July to October 1945. On 11 October she cleared Pearl Harbor for the U.S. West Coast, arriving San Diego, California, 23 October. She departed the 29th for the eastern seaboard, and, after transiting the Panama Canal 12 November, she arrived New York 25 November. Post-war decommissioning

Kaloli decommissioned 7 December and transferred to the Maritime Commission for return to her former owner. She was struck from the Navy List 3 January 1946. Final disposition: fate unknown. Military awards and honors

Kaloli’s crew was eligible for the following medals: American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal
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