Using research from GlobalData’s Influencer platform, Naval Technology has named ten of the most influential people in naval tech on Twitter during Q1 2021.

Biggest influencers in naval tech: The top ten in Q1 2021

1. H I Sutton (@CovertShores)

H I Sutton is a defence analyst and illustrator, who specialises in submarines, sub-surface and open-source intelligence (OSINT).

He founded the website Covert Shores, where he contributes articles on a range of topics including seabed warfare, submarines, swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs) and special forces.

He also contributes articles to the US Naval Institute, a non-profit membership association.

Twitter followers: 35,448

GlobalData influencer score: 100

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2. Chris Cavas (@CavasShips)

Chris Cavas is a journalist with expertise in naval, military and geopolitical analysis, apart from shipbuilding and maritime photography. He is also a freelance writer who contributes articles to various magazines including Seapower, Warship International and Ships Monthly.

He also received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the US Secretary of the Navy in 2017.

Twitter followers: 22,457

GlobalData influencer score: 73

3. Eric Moreno (@KingNeptune767)

Eric Moreno is the founder and moderator of r/submarines, a page on Reddit, which provides content on submarines. He is the co-host of Tac Ops, a podcast providing information on militaries across the globe.

Moreno is a US submarine veteran offering research and consulting on all aspects related to submarines including submarine technology. He is also the writer and editor at Covert Cabal, a YouTube page providing military analysis.

Twitter followers: 8,565

GlobalData influencer score: 66

4. Alexander Clarke (@AC_NavalHistory)

Dr. Alexander Clarke is a naval historian, who founded the YouTube Channel, Naval History Live, where he discusses ships and navies. His areas of research and expertise are diplomatic history, intelligence, international history, naval history, international relations and military technology.

Clarke regularly contributes to various journals and a host of other websites. He is a volunteer ship research editor for the website Global Maritime History where he focusses on ship design, conventional deterrence and naval diplomacy.

Twitter followers: 6,153

GlobalData influencer score: 62

5. Phil Weir (@navalhistorian)

Phil Weir is a naval historian, broadcaster and author, with expertise in 19th and 20th century naval history and naval aviation, and specialising in the Royal Navy.

Weir also contributes articles to various publications including The Navy Records Society, History Today and Time. He has also appeared on radio and television programmes, including BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?”.

Twitter followers: 12,940

GlobalData influencer score: 62

6. Tyler Rogoway (@Aviation_Intel)

Tyler Rogoway is the founder and editor of The War Zone, a defence website focussing on military technology, strategy and foreign policy. His areas of interest are aviation, military and photography. He previous founded the defence website Foxtrot Alpha.

Twitter followers: 44,376

GlobalData influencer score: 59

7. Dzirhan Mahadzir (@DzirhanDefence)

Dzirhan Mahadzir is a freelance defence journalist focussing on regional security and Malaysian armed forces. He also contributes to various defence journals including Asia Pacific Defence Reporter and Defence Review Asia.

Mahadzir previously worked as lecturer at Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College.

Twitter followers: 7,284

GlobalData influencer score: 57

8. David B Larter (@DavidLarter)

David B Larter is the editorial lead at strategic space systems at Northrop Grumman, an aerospace and defence company. He is a maritime expert specialising in the US Navy, shipbuilding, logistics, unmanned systems, weapon systems, logistics and strategy.

Larter worked as the naval warfare reporter for Defense News, an international website focussing on politics, business and defence and as a staff writer at Navy Times. He also served in the US Navy for four years from 2002 to 2006.

Twitter followers: 22,603

GlobalData influencer score: 52

9. Royal Navy (@RoyalNavy)

Royal Navy is the official account of Royal Navy, UK’s naval warfare force that protects the nation’s interests on land, sea and air. It constitutes five divisions including the Surface Fleet, Fleet Air Arm, Submarine Service, Royal Marines, and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

Royal Navy specialises in warships, submarines, weapon engineering, and defence, aviation.

Twitter followers: 225,188

GlobalData influencer score: 51

10. Engaging Strategy (@EngageStrategy1)

Engaging Strategy is the founder of the blog, which focuses on UK’s military and international issues. He graduated from King’s College London with war studies as specialisation. His areas of interest are UK foreign policy, military strategy and defence matters.

Twitter followers: 14,759

GlobalData influencer score: 46


GlobalData’s influencer identification framework identifies influencers based on relevance; size of network, connections and followers; engagement levels with their content and analysis and input from sector experts. Influencers are then evaluated on a series of specific topic-related keywords used over the period and weighted by engagement metrics.