From NavyLookout to CaptN, leading data and analytics company GlobalData lists the top ten influencers in naval tech in Q3 2019, based on data research from the company’s Influencer platform.
NavyLookout is the Twitter account of savetheroyalnavy.org, an online portal to promote the UK Royal Navy and fight against its declining status. The online platform is maintained by a group of informed supporters and contributors, including ex-servicemen and researchers.
On 29 September, @NavyLookout tweeted: “US carrier group joined by RN and Dutch warships totalling 1 Super Carrier, 2 x cruisers, 4 destroyers & 1 frigate USS Dwight D Eisenhower HNLMS De Ruyter HMS Dragon USS San Jacinto USS Vella Gulf USS Stout USS Truxtun USS James E Williams #Westlant19”, which gained 374 likes and 82 retweets.
Juvi is a top naval tech influencer who tweets on warship and submarine programmes. Also covered by Juvi are the launching, commissioning, and deployment of new combat vessels.
On 12 September, @SciteCito tweeted: “The US Navy just used a drone ship to clear a minefield”, which saw eight likes and four retweets.
3. Eric Moreno
Eric Moreno is a US Navy veteran and consultant, who is a submarine expert. He owns the website submarines.reddit.com, which features the latest posts on submarine culture, technology, and history.
On 28 September, @KingNeptune767 tweeted: “AWESOME short video of Brasil showing off some of their submarine technology. #Submarines”, which collected seven likes and one retweet.
4. Dr Alexander Clarke
Dr Alexander Clarke, a social scientist and naval historian, writes about the UK Royal Navy. Alex graduated from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He studied ship and aircraft design, strategy, and procurement for the Royal Navy’s naval aviation between the 1920s and 1930s, as part of his PhD programme.
On 27 August, @AC_NavalHistory tweeted: “#RiverPlate80 – Lessons from #WWI (6/8) – submarines as a method of sea denial… which is something they are great for but, they can also be very problematic if attempting to apply the rules of war on the high seas… especially when it comes to merchant ships.”, which gained two likes and one retweet.
5. U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet
The U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet exercises its responsibility over nearly half of the Atlantic Ocean. It also covers the Baltic, Adriatic, Barents, Baltic, Caspian, Black, North, and Mediterranean seas.
On 17 September, @USNavyEurope tweeted: “The @Armada_esp replenishment oiler #ESPSCantabria (A 15) transits the Atlantic Ocean before participating in the Spanish Naval Exercise Maritime Surveillance (MARSUR) 2019 with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer #USSPorter (DDG 78).”, which attracted 138 likes and 33 retweets.
6. Naval News
Naval News is a digital platform that offers research and analysis on the naval industry. It includes features, reports, and news on naval technology, naval forces, events, and shows.
On 12 September, @navalnewscom tweeted: “Babcock Team 31 has been selected by the UK MoD as the preferred bidder. Led by Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence company, and in partnership with the @thalesgroup the #Type31 frigate programme will provide a fleet of five ships #DSEI2019”, which collected 97 likes and 52 retweets.
7. Real Clear Defense
Created on request of the Pentagon and Hill staff, RealClearDefense (RCD) is a comprehensive open-source online platform offering the latest updates on defence.
On 24 September, @RCDefense tweeted: “Navy, Marines Practice Littoral Combat Force in Alaska | @maeday22 @USNINews https://www.realcleardefense.com/2019/09/24/navy_marines_practice_039littoral_combat_force039_in_alaska_310026.html …”, which saw 15 likes and nine retweets.
The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) was created by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), US. The initiative encourages the exchange of information on maritime security-related issues in Asia.
On 17 September, @AsiaMTI tweeted: “President of Canadian subsea systems manufacturer Oceanworks pleads guilty to sharing details of a U.S. Navy submarine rescue system with China’s Beijing Company as part of a proposal to build a comparable system for China’s navy. @Mar_Ex https://cs.is/2klM1ZA”, which collected seven likes and six retweets.
9. H I Sutton
H I Sutton is a naval tech expert, who offers defence analysis, illustrations, and reports on naval vessels and their history through his blog, hisutton.com. He is a contributor to Forbes and Jane’s Intelligence Review (JIR).
On 10 September, @CovertShores tweeted: “New candid photo released inadvertently by #Russia state media reveals Belgorod special mission #Submarine. Helps put satellite images into 3D. Will carry Poseidon mega-torpedo http://www.hisutton.com/K-329_Belgorod_Update.html … #Submarines #Navy #nuclearweapons”, which attracted 328 likes and 221 retweets.
CaptN is a naval veteran, who tweets on a wealth of topics including underwater vehicles, warships, auxiliary vessels, nuclear powered submarines, and issues related to maritime security.
On 26 September, @Capt_Navy tweeted: “#ВМФ#Russian #Navy The SS-C-5 Stooge,a mobile coastal defence missile system conducts missile launch during exercises on the Chukotka Peninsula. The missile system launched a SS-N-26 Strobile missile which successfully hit a target located 200 nautical miles away.”, which gained 215 likes and 103 retweets.