USS Balao (SS/AGSS-285), a Balao-class submarine, was a ship of
the United States Navy; Balao is the name of any of several
Balao (SS-285) was launched 27 October 1942 by Portsmouth Navy Yard
in Kittery, Maine, sponsored by Mrs. Theodore C. Aylward, wife of
Lieutenant Commander Aylward, commissioned 4 February 1943,
Lieutenant Commander Richard H. Crane in command; and reported to
the Pacific Fleet.