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

DefSec @PennyMordaunt makes case for increased investment in defence. She says she is determined to deliver more ships to @RoyalNavy. “,to end the vicious cycle of unfulfilled “ promises of past defence reviews #RUSI

LCAs leaving HMCS Prince Henry during a D-Day training exercise off the south coast of England, May, 1944.

#Royal #Navy #Submarines #SubSunday Trafalgar Class HMS Talent (S-92) Conducting dive & surface drills in the Kyle of Localsh, Scotland, 2009. Photo By H. Burke
@FauteuilColbert @FPSchazly @OZD_CDE @subvet88 @Jimmyfish2019 @Senjo41A @shtatsky_ru @JivTurky @WolfSonar @dressler_w

There are many opportunities to look in to your family's history at this year's #Plymouth History Festival. Efford, Devonport and Crownhill Libraries @plymlibraries have online resource sessions to look in to your family's past. Tomorrow: Devonport #PHF19


German #submarine U-89 (KKpt. Dietrich Lohmann) sunk #OnThisDay #OTD 12 May 1943 by depth charges from British destroyer HMS Broadway, frigate HMS Lagan, and Swordfish aircraft of 811 Sqn FAA. All hands (48) lost. https://t.co/qjuTOcVEik

U-Boat commander Oblt. Oskar Kusch (U-154) executed at Kiel #OnThisDay #OTD 12 May 1945 for remarks critical to the war and Hitler.

„Den Krieg hielt er für verbrecherisch und verloren, die U-Bootwaffe für lachhaft und erledigt."

Kusch was posthumously rehabilitated in 1996.

3 points,1st - the Chinese are building the equivalent of the French Navy every four years.
2. A Destroyer CO takes 15-20 years to make.
3. The great AB Cunningham once stated it takes three years to build a ship but one hundred years to build a reputation.

Discuss. https://t.co/WaiO0txeKR

Man with a glass, looking a bit wistful. Just drink up! By Salomon de Bray who (alas) died on this day 1664.

75 years ago today, 77 Assault Squadron RE were training for the largest seaborne invasion in history; D-Day.

Landing on SWORD Beach on 6 Jun 44, their primary mission was to clear obstacles and open up routes to allow troops to get off the beach.

Grandad's Sep.1944 trip to Arnhem....

3hr delay
3hr flight
Jump from kite
Shot after landing
7mths as POW

My planned Sep.2019 trip to Arnhem...

1hr flight
£88 return
Warm welcome
Freedom of movement...

...because of Gramps.

He taught me to never take anything for granted.

Only THREE weeks left to 2 June and the launch of Daks over Normandy! Are you excited? Support this incredible event at https://t.co/Ut2mkYCrkw #dday75 #

Absolutely surrealistic picture - Tanks are towing a Tango Class #submarine!🙂 The Russians are coming! © 🙂

#OTD 1917 '30 knotters' (pic) assigned for North Sea escort duty. Captain (D) of the 7th D F says that 'these vessels cannot be suitable for this work’. See 'Southern Thunder' for details @penswordbooks @SeaforthPub

@MalJ999 @NavyLookout @RNGibSqn @RoyalNavy @akefford @IBallantyn Yes.. what is it?

Highly likely it was RFA Fort Victoria as sister First George is not in service these days...long gone.