Iain Ballantyne

Iain Ballantyne


Iain’s writing assignments have taken him flying over the Norwegian Arctic with the UK’s Commando Helicopter Force, on patrols with the Royal Marines in Ulster’s so-called Bandit Country (during the Troubles) and into sea minefields off war-torn Kuwait and even into the Bosnian war zone.

Winner of a British Maritime Charitable Foundation (BMCF) Special Recognition Award for his ‘consistent and unwavering contribution to raising maritime awareness over the years’, as a journalist Iain Ballantyne covered the front line activities of navies around the world.

Aside from being one of the few writers to voyage beneath the waves in a Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarine, he has also visited closed zones in Russia, including Murmansk, Kronstadt and the Crimea.

When it comes to writing on naval history Iain’s action-packed account of WW2 sea combat, ‘Killing the Bismarck’, garnered a Mountbatten Maritime Award Certificate of Merit while his ground-breaking ‘Hunter Killers’ was the first book to tell the truth behind several dangerous episodes in the Cold War under the sea.

A one-time London-based defence and diplomatic correspondent for a national news agency, Iain has contributed to coverage of naval and defence issues in The Sunday Telegraph, Western Morning News and Scotland-on-Sunday, as well as prestigious publications published on behalf of NATO and the Royal Navy.

In addition to being founding (and current) Editor of the global naval news magazine ‘WARSHIPS International Fleet Review’ Iain also produces HPC Publishing’s popular ‘Guide to the Royal Navy’.

Aside from regularly commentating on geo-political naval affairs and maritime history for regional television and radio, Iain’s other varied pursuits in the past have included movie reviewing (for newspapers, magazines and radio) and co-devising a six-part wine game show (broadcast on the UK’s Channel 4). Iain also for some years worked on numerous projects for London-based Grosvenor Film, both in project conceptualization and script-writing.

Iain’s public speaking engagements have included giving a talk on the pursuit and destruction of battleship Bismarck at the National Museum of the Royal Navy and, most recently, a very well received talk on the same topic at the Naval & Military Club, St James’s. Earlier this year (2016) he spoke on issues surrounding renewal of the UK’s Trident nuclear deterrent to the Defence Society of Westminster School.

Iain Ballantyne @IBallantyn

Day 2 of paperback deployment of 'The Deadly Trade' @wnbooks so, following share of image of 2 x SSNs at N. Pole, here's HMS Superb in very famous @RoyalNavy image (also taken by @jollijacktar?) showing Nimrod MPA too. Book details https://t.co/5OUrK6XrMN #submarine #Coldwar

The world lost this man yesterday. Peter Warwick will be remembered as a maritime historian, not least on Admiral Nelson; for leadership for historic commemoration; for speaking onboard ships of Noble Caledonia; @RMGreenwich & for being a gentle man and a gentleman. RIP, Peter

#OTD in 1941 the Nazis resumed their bombing of #Plymouth. This time only two city centre buildings survived, the @NatWest_Help bank in Bedford Street and the Western Morning News offices in Frankfort Street. Nearly 300 civilians were killed that night.

This is an amazing book - thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to all those interested in submarines https://t.co/V85Xv8yXrh

Front page of #Plymouth Evening Herald OTD 1941

We are very much looking forward to officially naming the fourth of the River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels in Scotstoun tomorrow! #TAMAROPV

It's pub day for paperback of ‘The Deadly Trade’ @wnbooks hist of #submarine #warfare frm Ancient times thru #WW1 #WW2 #Coldwar to now. Here’s @RoyalNavy SSNs HMS Superb & HMS Turbulent, N. Pole, May 1988. 1st time 2 x UK SSNs surfaced there. RN image.

Sailors point to a shell-hole in the side of HMS CHESTER after the Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916.