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

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Leading Hand Nick Edelshain is at the Cenotaph today. He’ll be remembering his grandfathers, both of whom served in the Second World War. One of his grandfathers sadly died in action. @HMSPresidentRNR #WeWillRememberThem #RememberTogether

Another remarkable evening at the @poppylegion #FestivalofRemembrance ends with poppies floating down on to the heads of Service personnel. "For Your Tomorrow We Gave Our Today". Lest We Forget.

Now that’s a concept rendering! https://t.co/O2KyTMp6UN

On 9 November 1962, diesel-electric deep-diving research and development submarine USS Dolphin AGSS-555 was laid down at Portsmouth Naval shipyard. Here seen on October 7, 1969
Museum ship at Maritime Museum Association of San Diego, CA

A standing ovation for the 44 veterans in the Royal Albert Hall representing the World War II generation #FestivalOfRemembrance

The BBC and the Cold War - History of the BBC https://t.co/HWektH6tcS

Admiral of the fleet of the Soviet Union Sergey Gorshkov! https://t.co/wfmtADeruk

As you would expect, the recently published @WarshipsIFR 'Guide to the Royal Navy 2020' features the new @RoyalNavy strike carriers rather prominently, though all aspects of the UK fleet are studied. https://t.co/vgi9WzhwqT #Navies #aircraft #carriers

Sailors from ASW & intel-gathering @RoyalNavy frigate HMS London there to witness Berlin Wall fall, as told 'HMS London' @penswordbooks https://t.co/fmA27epL3u In '91 I sailed to #USSR in its dying days aboard same warship, an incredible adventure #BerlinWall30 #coldwarhist

"Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect, but we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in"
~President John F. Kennedy
West Berlin, 26 June 1963
#MauerFall30 #BerlinWall30

This is kind of deceptive since it's nowhere near as high as during the cold war, it's just the highest SINCE the cold war. As @steffanwatkins loves to point out. https://t.co/QptNOblA7K

#TodaysHero Nathan Cuthbertson, who was killed by a suicide bomber in Helmand Province, he was 19 and serving with the 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment.

We salute you

Personnel from all three Services, and our #UKF35 jets, formed up on deck this week, to pay our respects to our war dead. This weekend and always, we will never forget those who served before us .
@PoppyLegion @RoyalNavy @RoyalAirForce @BritishArmy @17SqnRAF #WeWillRememberThem

Map showing ongoing postwar conflicts in Europe, from the New York Tribune:

The remarkable veterans of the Battle of #Arnhem whose example we should always remember. In a guest blog for @AgoraBooksLDN a look at one who was a battleship sailor in #WW1 & part of the valiant fight at the road bridge Sept 1944 due to career switch. https://t.co/MasibkT4KK

Particularly close to our hearts this #RemembranceSunday are the veterans of the Battle of Arnhem, as we’ve been celebrating the release of @IBallantyn's Arnhem.

Here he reflects on one man he wishes he could have chatted with about his war experiences.


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Dave Morgan DSC talks of the last air combat in which a Brit aircraft splashed an enemy in 1982 ⁦@RoyalNavy⁩ ⁦@NavyWingsUK⁩

Today is the 75th anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Scheldt. UK and @CanadianArmy forces had been battling for over a month to capture ground around the port of Antwerp. The battle, much of it involving amphibious warfare, cost the Allies around 12,900 casualties.