This list is intended to highlight accounts we believe are worth following in order to get a wider and more informed perspective on UK defence matters, it is in no way complete!
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been asked and have also been asking others who the must-follow accounts of the UK defence community are, so our team have been recommending their own favourites as have the writers of other defence blogs and we’ve come up with a list of the most active defence related twitter accounts.
This list is in no way exhaustive and is in no particular order, if you have any suggestions please feel free to let us know!
Below are our favourite blogs actively posting about a wide range of matters relating to defence but is not a comprehensive listing.
The Thin Pinstriped Line is written by a former civil servant at the Ministry of Defence who also has experience has a Reservist Officer in the Royal Navy. Despite a break in posting over the last few years, ‘Sir Humphrey’ has sailed back into the ocean of defence commentary where he is very active and frequently fires informed broadsides at popular defence myths and other issues. He writes about topics from his own unique perspective that are often very well received. He can be found on Twitter here: @pinstripedline
UK Armed Forces Commentary is run by Gabriele Molinelli. The website describes itself as hosting news, rumours, analysis and assorted ramblings on the strategies, the missions, the procurement of kit and the future of the British Armed Forces and it certainly does just that, often being reliably cited by others. The author can be found on Twitter here: @Gabriel64869839
Think Defence is, in its own words, a blog that promotes the idea of people having sensible conversation about UK defence issues, no more, no less. They are successful in this aim, often prompting in-depth and informative discussions while offering an interesting perspective. Think Defence owns multiple pallet sales and shipping companies, probably, maybe. Think Defence can be found on Twitter here: @ThinkDefence
Save The Royal Navy describe themselves as an online campaign to promote the Royal Navy and to highlight the excellent work it does on a daily basis across the globe, something they do very well. Contributors and supporters include ex-forces personnel and academics. The website is very active and frequently posts informed analysis that receives widespread attention. They can be found on Twitter here: @NavyLookout
Engaging Strategy is written by an ex-student of War Studies at King’s College London with a continued interest in defence matters, UK foreign policy and military strategy. Frequently posts interesting and thought provoking articles. Very active on Twitter engaging in discussion on UK defence matters. Can be found here on Twitter: @EngageStrategy1
UK Land Power is a new blog that seeks to start intelligent and informed discussions about defence issues. Articles posted are generally be written by people who have served in the British Army, worked in the UK Defence Industry or who are recognised subject matter experts. The author can be found here: @nicholadrummond
DefenceSynergia is a defence and strategies research group offering analysis and commentary on UK defence policy. DS is tri-service, apolitical and self funding. They can also be found on Twitter here: @DefenceSynergia
The Wavell Room is a blog established to provide a platform for contemporary British Military Thinking. It is intended to stimulate discussion, whilst hopefully providing a basis upon which it can inform and advise. They are relatively new but growing fast and have a twitter account here: @wavellroom
This is a list comprising of journalists we believe are fair and balanced when reporting on UK defence matters in addition to providing their own informed analysis. This list isn’t comprehensive or complete either and will be added to over time.
Jonathan Beale is the BBC Defence correspondent and uses Twitter to discuss defence matters from his perspective where he engages in debates in an open and balanced manner as well as providing commentary. He can be found here: @bealejonathan
Alistair Bunkall is the Sky News defence correspondent and uses Twitter frequently often posting interesting articles, images and info. He can be found here: @AliBunkallSKY
Gareth Corfield is a journalist specialising in defence and technology at The Register. He uses Twitter to engage in discussion and often links to well thought out and balanced articles. He can be found here: @GazTheJourno
Deborah Haynes is the defence editor at The Times and often engages in debate around both topical and long-standing issues relating to UK defence. She can be found here: @haynesdeborah
Ali Kefford is a naval newspaper journalist specialising in submarine warfare and frequently tweeting interesting defence items. She can be found here: @akefford
Darren Lake is the MD of Shephard Media. Darren has more than a decade of experience in aerospace and defence journalism and often posts interesting items from himself and his staff. He completed a BA in War Studies at King’s College London. He can be found here: @DefenceViper
Beth Maundrill is a defence and aerospace reporter at Shephard News specialising in unmanned and maritime security and is very active on Twitter. She can be found here: @GunshipGirl
Grant Turnbull is a defence and aerospace journalist in addition to the Land Warfare/C4I Editor at Shephard News. He can be found here: @GrantTurnbull_
Georgina Stubbs is a reporter for PA covering all things defence and news. Self described political geek and aspiring foreign correspondent. She can be found here: @georginafstubbs
This is a list of official and personal accounts tied to the Ministry of Defence and the armed forces in any capacity. Take note, the list is currently quite short but we’ll be adding to it over the coming days and weeks.
HMS Enterprise is a survey vessel designed to carry out a wide range of survey work, including support to submarine and amphibious operations. Her Twitter account posts often informative and, for the most part, very funny tweets. The account can be found here: @HMSEnterprise
HMS Queen Elizabeth is the lead ship of the Queen Elizabeth class of aircraft carrier, the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy and her Twitter account posts often, usually with news about the vessel and frequently with fantastic images taken onboard. The account can be found here: @HMSQnlz
HMS Prince of Wales is the second of the new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier to be built for the UK. The ships account can be found here: @HMSPWLS
HMS St Albans is the 16th and last of the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates to be built, she launched on 6 May 2000 and joined Twitter in 2017, often tweeting interesting information and imagery. The vessels account can be found at: @HMSStAlbans
HMS Dragon is the fourth of the Royal Navy’s Type 45 air defence destroyers and frequently tweets news relating to the ship and the wider Royal Navy. The ships account can be found here: @HMSDragon
Second Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff. He tweets about equipment, people, training and “stuff”. He can be found here: @VAdmJWoodcock
Greg Bagwell, a former Royal Air Force Air Marshal, is an aerospace and defence consultant and often tweets about issues relating to airpower. He can be found here: @gregbagwell
Hugh Nichols was the first UK pilot to perform a vertical landing in the F-35B Lightning and is active on Twitter discussing the aircraft and other defence matters. He can be found here: @DT_britain
Scott Williams is an F-35 pilot and the Officer Commanding of 207 Squadron, the new Operational Conversion Unit for the F-35B Lightning which will be based at RAF Marham. The Squadron is expected to stand up on 1st July 2019. Scott often tweets informed commentary regarding air-power and the F-35. He can be found here: @scottmox
James is a professional mariner tweeting about items of personal interest and offering fantastic insight. Views are entirely unofficial and personal and not indicative of views of his employer. Can be found at: @_JMBP_
Will Matthews is a serving Royal Engineer. DE&S WO1 Op Infra. Selected for Commission 2018. Vet of Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghan+Iraq. Often tweets interesting items. He can be found here: @Ubique_Will
Mark is a Photographer for the British Armed Forces and often tweets fantastic imagery taken by himself and others. He can be found here: @rawlimark
Jowan Penn-Barwell is a Royal Navy Commando surgeon sharing research on military Ortho Trauma. He can be found here: @MilOrthoTrauma
Other Interesting Twitter Accounts
The following are accounts that we believe are worth following for their frequent posting of both informed commentary and interesting imagery and retweets. As with the other lists, it’s currently not very long and will be added to over time.
Logistics Brains is, in their own words, look at new thought, new development & new tactics, techniques and procedures for military logisticians. Often tweet informed commentary on this matter and can be found here: @TheRLCThinkers
Fighting Sailor tends to re-tweet interesting items as well as post commentary on a variety of defence matters. Can be found at: @fightingsailor
Henry Jones is a rising amateur journalist covering defence & international security and has written for the UK Defence Journal and The Peoples News. He can be found here: @hthjones
Seb Haggart is ex-Royal Navy and still interested/involved/works in the sector and often tweets to that effect, engaging in debates around naval matters using experience. He can be found here: @sebh1981
Chris Bolton is a retired naval aviator. He’s still flying and still enjoying it. Often posts interesting and informative tweets. He can be found here: @CcibChris
The Other Chris tweets on a variety of topics including defence, Science, Technology and History. He can be found here: @TotherChris
Dr Phil Weir is a 19th/20th Century naval history with a particular focus on naval aviation and can be found here: @navalhistorian
Alexander Clarke is a historian writing about the Royal Navy from 1900 on wards. He can be found here: @AC_NavalHistory
Duncan Cushenan is a graduate student of journalism who has a keen interest in the defence sector. Duncan’s specialism is the Royal Navy and he’s on Twitter here: @duncancushenan
AncientSubHunter is a Former Viking SENSO and a student of Cold War ASW with a self described great love for the submarine and a great respect for the Submariner. He can be found here: @AncientSubHunt
ArmouredCarriers is dedicated to t exploring the history and debunking the myths of Britain’s Illustrious & Implacable armoured carriers in World War II through archives and personal accounts. They can be found here: @ArmouredCarrier
Blackcatzz has been described by others as a “purveyor of common sense” and often tweets on naval matters. He can be found here: @mush1988
There simply isn’t the time or space to include every single account we enjoy reading tweets and posts from but some of the additional Twitter accounts worth following for their insight into defence and technology matters include, but are not limited to: combat_boot, PhilipIngMBE, phil_boshier, Boba_H_Fett,
jaglancy, Hethers100, ModernNavy, bucko2c, steffanwatkins, ryanramsey14, Robin_XBD, TheAmbassadoruk, FTusa284, kay_hallsworth, ellie_ablett, jsargentr, OnthisdayRN, RoxaneHeaton & Verdigris_blog.
This list will be updated and expanded upon over time and we really need to stress that this list is not complete and probably never will be as it’ll be added to and updated as time moves forward. If we’ve missed someone, let us know!