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

Well that did not take long, we now have reports of heavy activity at DPRK main sub base on countries East Coast that could indicate preparation underway for possible SLBM test...

#ColdWar Diesel Submarines: The Unsung Heroes by @IBallantyn - well worth a read!

http://iainballantyne.com/tag/royal-navy-submarine-museum/page/2/ @Capt_Navy @RStanleyForsyth @KingNeptune767 @CovertShores

2/2 30 yrs since Op Desert Storm unleashed, so here's more pages from 'Strike from the Sea', pub by @penswordbooks in the UK & @NavalInstitute Press in the USA back in 2004. Two of my own pics in one page. More info here http://iainballantyne.com/strike-from-the-sea/ #Navies #DesertStorm30 #Gulfwar30

1/2 On 30th anniversary of Desert Storm being unleashed, here's some pages from 'Strike from the Sea', which was published by @penswordbooks in the UK & @NavalInstitute Press in the USA back in 2004. More details here http://iainballantyne.com/strike-from-the-sea/ #Navies #DesertStorm30 #Gulfwar30

The cover star of the new (Feb) edition of @WarshipsIFR is the Russian #submarine RFS Rostov na Donu as photographed by Michael Nitz in the Baltic. For more of his stunning pics & much else, get the mag, digital or hard copy http://bit.ly/wifrmag #SubSunday #navies #KiloClass

Commissioning program from my old boat came in from eBay in great shape.

The oldest submarine in the #USNavy fleet - USS Ohio (SSBN/SSGN-726). #SubSunday

A story of our times and #WW2 about a #dunkirk 'little ship' - thanks to @MrJackLowe @ProjectLifeboat for this story in a recent @WarshipsIFR

Secret undersea missions of the @RoyalNavy during the #ColdWar with @IBallantyn https://pod.fo/e/a88b4 @RStanleyForsyth @KingNeptune767

Don't forget we have a youtube channel you can subscribe to where there's extra content such as this interview with @IBallantyn about @RoyalNavy #submarine operations during the #ColdWar https://youtu.be/tSQBzL0JtoA @KingNeptune767 @Capt_Navy @navalhistorian @RStanleyForsyth

Just in case you missed it, before new edition @WarshipsIFR http://bit.ly/wifrmag comes out next week, in current (Jan) magazine there is a superb pic news spread by @Saturn5_ on Egyptian #warships in the #Bosphorus Here's his video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4A4hzG6o_w #navies #defence

A British infantryman, tried to change plans for Operation MARKET GARDEN due to concerns over enemy strengths at Arnhem and one of the first allied soldiers into Belsen. https://twitter.com/UN_Spokesperson/status/1345798828188983300

NEW Submarine cutaway. The last of 2020, and one of the coolest submarine designs that you have never seen before.

1913 patent design illustrated. Not as crazy as it looks!

Info and original patent drawings here http://www.hisutton.com/Cutaway-of-1913-Submarine-Patent.html

China set to launch third aircraft carrier in 2021 https://bit.ly/3pF7RTJ Beijing is pushing forward with its military modernisation plans amid territorial and maritime disputes.

❕❗️NEW❕❗️A prediction of what 2021 might look like from the Wavell Room team...

The Integrated Review, America, Mali, Russia and China and COVID, of course! Read more here and let us know whether you agree or not ⬇️


#OnThisDay 1942 Captain Robert Sherbrooke earns the Victoria Cross in command of the escorts of convoy JW51B. During the Battle of the Barents Sea his ships fought off the superior German heavy cruisers & all cargo made it to Russia. He continued to direct battle after wounding

#OnThisDay 1939 @RoyalNavy suffered its first submarine loss of #WW2 when HMS SEAHORSE is lost off Heligoland Bight, Germany with all hands. She could have been mined or collided with a German pathfinder ship used to clear routes through a minefield. #remember @RNSubMuseum

BREAKING. Second Chinese 'Sea Wing' submarine drone found in Indonesian waters. The first was near the Strait of Malacca, this one near the Lombok Strait and Sunda Strait. ....Indian Ocean

Nod @tom_riyanto47, @Jatosint, @CollinSLKoh


42 years ago today, on 29 December 1978, Confederate States submarine 'H.L. Hunley' was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Friends of the Hunley, Charleston, SC
📷 https://www.hakaimagazine.com/

@keithjack38 @JulieHFerguson @IBallantyn https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/canadian-navy-submarine-docked-extra-year-after-leak-found-1.5240329