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

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The sight of this hospital ship arriving into New York's harbor is humbling. I'm currently writing about hospital ships not unlike this one that transported wounded soldiers during WWI for a chapter in my forthcoming book. Many of these ships were torpedoed by German U-boats. 1/7

Delighted to win this year's @SMH_Historians Distinguished Book Award (biography)! Thanks @YaleBooks UK & @yalepress USA for your support. http://bit.ly/2JhlIgd

@RFATideforce RASing (replenishment at sea) @HMSPWLS 27/3/20. Western approaches.

Both ships make the evolution look effortlessly. 🇬🇧 ⚓️

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During time off-watch while seeing away @WarshipsIFR 'to bed' revisited 'The Duelists' in HD via a streaming service. Ridley Scott's first movie - & absolutely stunning... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyUBaFB7Y4M Reason v spite...

Gunnery Officer Lieut T Campling: "Although we received the order to open fire the order was almost immediately countermanded as Formidable turned out of line to starboard. One salvo was in fact fired by Formidable ..." https://twitter.com/ArmouredCarrier/status/1242618766212517889

Compass, concealed in a #RoyalMarines cap badge, issued to Marine E C Higgs who knew #isolation well, becoming a Prisoner of War in Stalag III-D, No. 12278, c1941.


🎬Is Rosa Klebb the best #Bond hench-person then....?

Probably. Ouch!

@007 #tuesdayvibes

@IBallantyn @Independent @DCSS_PlymouthUn @MarineNationale @Australian_Navy And the next (May 2020) edition @WarshipsIFR features an epic image of a surface warship, as selected by the appreciative eye of Editor @IBallantyn Here's a clue as to what kind. Goes with a piece on the future path of @USNavy carriers by @daxe Oops...just gave a bit more away.

Looking for something a little different to read while you’re stuck inside? Try these 📚 https://twitter.com/lallyabrown/status/1243564843036221440

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Extraordinaire symbole d'espoir et de persévérance, juste quand la planète en a un tout petit peu besoin.

29 March 1461 Battle of Towton sees a newly proclaimed but uncrowned Edward IV defeat an army loyal to the Lancastrian Henry VI led by Henry Beaufort, Duke of Somerset. It’s believed to be the bloodiest battle on British soil with up to 28,000 dead and many more casualties.

New cutaway: steam-powered #SubSunday. The Nordenfelt-II #Submarine from 1880s. This was the first submarine to sink a ship with a torpedo. Built in Sweden+UK, sold to Greece, Turkey and Russia. More info at Covert Shores: http://www.hisutton.com/Nordenfelt-submarines.html