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

Thanks to our panellists today, @TomTugendhat, @Tobias_Ellwood & Baroness Neville-Jones, for a very interesting event full of fascinating insights.

If you missed the event & would like to watch it back, check out our YouTube channel via the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2eLjoq-PY8 https://twitter.com/ConGeostrategy/status/1384785062022066177

and sank to the bottom. Sixteen officers and ninety six other ranks went with her.

That’s why if you were in the RN, no matter what the nationality, a SUBMISS /SUBSUNK signal is never joked about.

I pray for a happy outcome with the 🇮🇩 53, but IAH it’s not looking good. 🙏🏻

Algerian Navy Project 636 submarine Messali El Hadj 021 Eastbound off Europa Point #Gibraltar heading for the Mediterranean (13.00L) #OPWest @OSINT_1 @MatchlessMan410 @shipohollic @CovertShores

Indonesian Attack Submarine Missing After Participating in Exercise Near Bali - USNI News

Algerian Kilo Sub Messali El Hadj through the Strait of #Gibraltar with Ceuta in the background accompanied by support vessel El Moundjid buzzed by Moroccan helos? @akefford @WarshipsIFR @IBallantyn @NavyLookout @Jef_Hilsen

How does #LCT7074 compare with history & restoration of US National WWII Museum's landing craft & torpedo boat? Discussion today 6pm UK time, @WWIImuseum hosting @NickHewitt4 of @NatMuseumRN & our curator Andrew Whitmarsh. Sign up in advance at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/7416184086035/WN_R_PEMd8aRG2YrkctV4LlYw

Another #coldwar veteran retires from the scene. https://twitter.com/iballantyn/status/1384767607702708224

@IBallantyn @HMNBDevonport Expect more pics like that of Trenchant @RoyalNavy #submarines in forthcoming @WarshipsIFR 'Guide to the Royal Navy 2021' out this summer https://tandymedia.com/product/grn21/ Pic is of past editions #navies #GuidetotheRoyalNavy #RoyalNavy #warships #NavalWarfare #navies #Defence @CMoreSales

Pic of #Trafalgar Class #submarine HMS Trenchant in #Plymouth Sound returning to pay off at @HMNBDevonport - also here as star of new edition of @WarshipsIFR out this week http://bit.ly/wifrmag as hard copy & digital mag. Both pics: Steve Jagger #navies #news #RoyalNavy #SSN

New edition @WarshipsIFR deploying now with grizzled #undersea warrior HMS Trenchant #SSN as cover star @HMNBDevonport based boat passing thru #Plymouth Sound for last time. For more + other #navies stuff get mag hard copy or digital http://bit.ly/wifrmag #Submarine #navies

Chinese state media has released new video footage that suggests the first domestically-built Chinese aircraft carrier, Shandong, could soon conduct even more high sea trials. http://ow.ly/Ug4d30rF4hp

excellent analysis of defence white paper in latest @WarshipsIFR exposing some govmnt smoke and mirrors and impact on @RoyalNavy

Tiny Flower-class #corvettes held the line in WW2's Battle of the Atlantic in the very hard early years until larger, more-capable ships entered service. Of 294 Flowers built in Britain & Canada only Canada's SACKVILLE was restored - a sparkling feature of Halifax's waterfront https://twitter.com/HMCSSACKVILLE1/status/1384119918577078277

#RoyalNavy patrol ships Severn, Mersey & Tyne shadowed 7 Russian vessels + Algerian Kilo Class #submarine Former heading north thru Channel, latter going south. Mixed bag of Russians, inc landing ships, destroyer Kasatonov & corvette Boiky #navies #NEWS #warships Photos: RN.

One of the Russian landing ships (in the pic with sailor watching) seems to have contrary ideas about where to go next. Maybe they are just sailing in a circle? Or having some fun with those watching them...or steering trouble ;-)

Hey, submariners... ⤵️ https://twitter.com/alisongow/status/1382992435333234688

Nuclear error — Did Australia’s subs selection miss the boat? https://www.defenceconnect.com.au/maritime-antisub/7896-nuclear-error-did-australia-s-subs-selection-miss-the-boat

52 years ago today, on 18 April 1969 Australian Oberon-class submarine HMAS Ovens (S70) was commissioned.
MuseumShip at WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle, WA, Australia