Iain Ballantyne

Iain Ballantyne is Editor of the UK-based WARSHIPS IFR magazine, which was first published in 1998 and is today essential reading for naval officers, defence professionals and other movers and shakers in the naval sphere around the world.

WARSHIPS IFR Editor Iain Ballantyne recalls a visit to HMS Ark Royal during a dramatic mid-1990s deployment to the Adriatic. It was during this same period that one of her Sea Harriers was downed in a low level run by an SA-7 surface to air missile. The exploits of the British fleet’s Invincible Class ships off the war-torn Balkans...Full Article »
In the short term, the UK’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) has delivered some shocks, while also taking gambles with the Royal Navy and Britain’s ability to project power or safeguard its citizens and interests around the world. By immediately getting rid of the Fleet Flagship (and on-call aircraft carrier) HMS...Full Article »