Independent Voices

UK Armed Forces Commentary

Although not just focussed on Royal Navy issues, written by an Italian commentator who has great in-depth knowledge all 3 of the UK armed forces. His views on naval issues are both expert and reliable. Making a very valuable contribution to the UK defence debate and recommended reading.

United Kingdom National Defence Association

The UKNDA is “a campaign for sufficient, appropriate and fully funded Armed Forces that the United Kingdom needs to defend effectively this Country, its people, their vital interests and security at home and throughout the world”. Established in 2007 and campaigning on behalf of all UK armed forces (fiercely tri-service, not just the RN), we would recommend you join this organisation which represents the best attempt yet made to create a respected voice to persuade politicians that the armed forces need an increase in funding.

Defence Synergia

DS is an independent, self-funded defence and strategy research group, which was formed by ex-members of the UKNDA. Aiming to find ways to support the armed forces within budget, but not being afraid to mention when gaps are not funded or supported properly. Pushing for a much-needed over arching strategic narrative to drive defence policy and working behind the scenes talking to MPs and academics.

Navy Matters

An independent web site considering the future Royal Navy and promoting naval affairs. Well written by Richard Beedall, a defence professional, the site contains authoritative articles about warship procurement histories and the future fleet. unfortunately very infrequently updated.

The Navy Campaign

This is a small, independent campaign to promote the Royal Navy and the Fleet Air Arm & Royal Marines in particular. Focused on friendly promotion of the RN, history and charity issues much of the work of the Navy Campaign is working behind the scenes lobbying politicians and media. Sadly due to lack of funding the campaign has been largely inactive since early 2013.

Sharkey’s World

Former Sea Harrier Pilot ‘Sharkey’ Ward is a controversial but forceful defender of naval air power and does not shrink from highlighting RAF propaganda and misinformation.

Iain Ballantyne

Iain is an author and journalist who has written about the activities of the Royal Navy for more than 20 years. Currently editor of Warships International Feet Review he recently published the excellent “Hunter Killers” revealing some of amazing activities of Royal Navy submarines during the Cold War.

Daly History Blog

An informal blog written by a ‘young historian’ commenting on the current state of the Royal Navy, its history and its future.

Dan Entwisle Blog

Journalist, specialising in naval issues writing his own blog.

The Phoenix Thinktank

Established in 2009 by experienced naval officers and academics, this site carried intelligent analysis of defence and maritime strategy issues. Although no longer as active as in the past, their website has been revised with some new papers and some of their best papers are available in their archives.

The Thin Pinstriped Line

Written by a civil servant with experience of working in the MoD, provides and interesting perspective on the UK defence issues that we may not always agree with!


The “Save the Royal Navy’ Facebook group (not set up by us or directly affiliated to us) has around 1,500 members and represents a small inroad to reaching the vast and predominantly young audience who use Facebook. Variable quality of debate, comments and knowledge displayed here but interesting nevertheless.

Official Sites

Royal Navy

The official MoD web site for the RN –  Covers the RN, RFA and Royal Marines in exhaustive detail. The site underwent a major re-vamp in September 2011 and is rich with interactive maps, video and high quality photography. News and information about current operations is cleverly integrated into the site that is both a recruitment tool and worthy advert for the RN.

Released quarterly, this is the Royal Navy’s internal communications video which provides an insight to life in the RN. Often showing the passion that serving personnel in the Navy have for the service and demonstrating how the navy needs and deserves public support as well as continued Government funding.

Defence News Blog

As the number of stories in the media about the defence crisis is on the increase, the official government view is presented here. Replying to the media stories, many illustrating the neglect and decline of our armed forces. Some poor junior spin doctor in the MoD has to write this stuff, in between announcing combat deaths, trying to put a positive slant on events in the face of a rising tide of mostly bad news.


Warships International Fleet Review

Published monthly in the UK but with an international and geo-political focus, it carries in-depth articles on RN issues, some of which are available on its website. Great photography and a more technical & international emphasis than Warship World.

Warship World

This is a dependable (if rather old-fashioned) quarterly magazine covering naval issues both past and present. It is primarily focused on the RN but does feature some international coverage. Published by Maritime Books - a specialist publisher of mainly RN related books, it is written in an accessible style. It has a fine pedigree of being a lone ‘voice in the wilderness’ for many years warning of the dangers of the continual cutting of the RN and is well worth the subscription.

Navy News

Monthly glossy newspaper and winner of ‘plain English’ awards with great photography and news from around the fleet. Well designed and making good use of photography, it is owned by the MoD. While very informative, the ‘shiny-happy’ Navy News is something of a PR publication. For example disastrous cuts to the fleet are referred to as “defence shake-ups” and the tone is upbeat no matter what. In recent years the presentation has improved but the editorial style has become slightly dumbed-down, e.g. carriers are continually referred to a ‘flat-tops’ Their website is primarily focussed on naval personnel stories than on operational matters.

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Our Twitter feed provides current news, information and timely comment on issues affecting the RN. (Under the username @NavyLookout).

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Welfare Support

Royal Navy Benevolent Fund

Gives help to serving and ex-serving Royal Navy ratings and Royal Marine ranks and their families. A fine charitable organisation filling in gaps where government provision and care is lacking.

The White Ensign Association

Providing a financial advisory service and help with accommodation and resettlement for serving and retired personnel of the Royal Navy.

The Royal Navy Association

Established to promote the RN and encourage recruitment, foster comradeship and remember those who died whilst serving. Also provides welfare support, employment and financial advice to serving and ex-RN personnel.

Help for Heroes

A highly successful charity founded in 2007 with growing public and media support that is helping wounded ex-servicemen, particularly the victims of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a sad indictment of this government that it is left to charities to help and rehabilitate servicemen injured serving their country.

Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma

Asbestos was used in many naval vessels from the 1940s onwards and was viewed as a kind of miracle material, particularly useful for its insulating properties. However, by the 1960s, the risks associated with asbestos—including the risk of mesothelioma cancerand other lung diseases caused by inhaling the toxic fibers—were becoming evident. Learn more about how sailors were subject to asbestos exposure on naval vessels. (US-based website)

Industry Sites

Jane’s Information Group

Most well-known for the annual publication ‘Jane’s Fighting Ships‘ the Bible of world naval forces, Jane’s provide extensive intelligence about naval developments both online and in print. Aimed at senior officers and industry professionals, their products are of the highest standard with prices to match.

Covering UK and worldwide naval construction, a good point of reference. Aimed at professionals within the naval technology industries carrying news releases and detailed information on industry projects.

DefenceIQ (Naval & Maritime defence section)

Authoritative news source for commentary and analysis on global defence and military-related topics. (Some content requires free user registration to access papers).

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