The BEST Episodes of Sea Patrol

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 2, 2020

Network: Nine Network

Set amongst the awesome beauty of the Australian Gold Coast, Sea Patrol follows sailors from every walk of life, age and temperament all crammed aboard the Naval Patrol boat Hammersley, a veritable pressure cooker of emotions desires and ambitions. Whether they are hunting down well armed drug smugglers, chasing thieves or pirates, helping fools, or saving reckless illegal immigrants, their adventures serve to bring the crew together to forge deep and longstanding friendships that cross the class and gender divide. Filmed on the Great Barrier Reef and Mission Beach, Far North Queensland and at Warner Roadshow Studios, Gold Coast, QLD.

Red Reef

#1 - Red Reef

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 27, 2009

In an explosive series climax, Mike and his crew takes extreme action to thwart an oil smuggling conspiracy and avenge ET's murder. Nikki risks everything to uncover the truth about ET's final moments. Kate is trapped in a deadly showdown with one of ET's killers.

star 9.08
156 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: John Ridley

#2 - Birds

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 5, 2008

The crew of the Hammersley are joined by a federal agent and go in search of an illegal fishing boat. Whilst on board the Navy find evidence on the boat and find the fishing boat crew start to exhibit symptoms of bird flu. One crew member faces a gruesome operation, while the federal agent learns that blackmail can work both ways.

star 8.87
134 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Matt Ford
Ghost Net

#3 - Ghost Net

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 15, 2009

Nikki starts investigating the mystery behind ET's death. But can she handle the truth? Swain risks his life to save a boy suffering from the bends. Spider tries to free a child slave from an illegal fishing boat, but lands himself in hot water. Tempers fray when Hammersley rescues an old enemy following a bizarre diving accident.

star 8.85
137 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Jeff Truman
Half Life

#4 - Half Life

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 29, 2009

The crew is exposed to toxic radiation during a daring rescue at an abandoned nuclear test site. Swain's courage is called into question, when he opts out of a high-risk rescue operation and Charge uncovers a military conspiracy over nuclear testing and a long lost B-25 bomber.

star 8.77
166 votes
Directors: Steve Mann
Writers: John Ridley
Oh Danny Boy

#5 - Oh Danny Boy

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 22, 2009

Hammersley is tasked with protecting a shipment of nuclear waste from a terrorist attack. When a bomb is discovered on board, Robert and 2 Dads must set aside their differences to save Hammersley. Buffer falls victim to a practical joke and Robert is tricked into going on a drunken date, with disastrous results.

star 8.74
137 votes
Directors: Steve Mann
Writers: John Ridley
Rules of Engagement

#6 - Rules of Engagement

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 2, 2008

Unresolved romantic tension has a dramatic effect on some of the Hammersley crew, after a savage mortar attack by insurgents on the Samaru island of Minatu. Mike and Jim are both critically injured during a bold rescue mission on Samaru. Meanwhile, Kate is made acting CO of the Hammersley. It’s up to Kate to handle a volatile beachside confrontation, and the medical evacuation of Mike.

star 8.72
200 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Jeff Truman

#7 - Safeguard

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 20, 2009

Buffer gets a lesson in tough love from a sexy training officer. Hammersley is stranded in a deadly mine-field, after being attacked by heavy armed smugglers. Charge goes to extreme lengths to earn the respect of his estranged son and the crew are involved in a sailor's worst nightmare - fire at sea.

star 8.70
135 votes
Directors: Steve Mann
Writers: Jeff Truman
Heart of Glass

#8 - Heart of Glass

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 19, 2008

Bomber Brown and Spider Webb fall overboard and as the man of the watch, Buffer takes it hard that the two missing officers might drown. Meanwhile Buffer also deals with a personal tragedy.

star 8.67
171 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Samantha Winston
Friends Close, Enemies Closer

#9 - Friends Close, Enemies Closer

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 16, 2008

Awaiting a call from his girlfriend, Buffer's attention is distracted by the Russian Special Forces tattoo on an aggressive passer by, which leads him to be inadvertently locked in a container on a suspect barge, heading upriver. Meanwhile, Commander Mike Flynn has recovered and is back in charge of the Hammersley, quickly reacting to a "mayday" call from the luxurious yacht owned by Ray Walsman.

star 8.67
199 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Felicity Packard
Secret Cargo

#10 - Secret Cargo

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 20, 2009

A thrilling rescue becomes a tragic mystery when a healthy young tourist dies suddenly on board Hammersley. Bomber and RO fight for their lives when an armed gang tries to seize control of Hammersley. Nicki receives a death threat while investigating ET's diving accident.

star 8.57
99 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Adam H Todd
A Brilliant Career

#11 - A Brilliant Career

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 9, 2008

A change of command on HMAS Hammersley results in divided loyalties and the humiliation of the ship's most senior female officer. After a dangerous departure from Samaru, Commander Mike Flynn is recovering in hospital.

star 8.56
229 votes
Directors: Geoff Bennett
Writers: Michaeley O'Brien
Flotsam and Jetsam

#12 - Flotsam and Jetsam

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 22, 2010

When Hammersley rescues a shipwrecked woman, they uncover a murderous criminal conspiracy. Kate saves Dutch's life during a gun battle with smugglers, sparking his romantic interest, and Bomber makes a shocking decision after she and 2Dads are caught breaking the non-fraternisation rule.

star 8.55
301 votes
Directors: Steve Mann
Writers: Philip Dalkin
Live Catch

#13 - Live Catch

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 15, 2010

Bomber faces disciplinary action after a violent confrontation with illegal fishermen. Kate is blinded by a deadly toxin, sparking a desperate race to find an antidote, and 2Dads' plan to help Bomber gain a promotion backfires when they are kidnapped.

star 8.55
219 votes
Directors: Geoff Bennett
Writers: Jeff Truman
Monkey Business

#14 - Monkey Business

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired May 25, 2009

A new crewmate and a stowaway cause mayhem on board HMAS Hammersley. Nikki and Charge are taken hostage by foreign pirates, with explosive results. Nikki is close to breaking point, following the death of her fiance.

star 8.49
164 votes
Directors: Steve Mann
Writers: Felicity Packard

#15 - Ransom

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired May 6, 2010

A kidnap drama on the ocean and relationship tremors below decks rock Hammersley as she sails the Coral Sea.

star 8.49
301 votes
Directors: Geoff Bennett
Writers: Jeff Truman
Red Sky Morning

#16 - Red Sky Morning

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 6, 2009

Kate is terrorised by a mysterious stalker on board an abandoned cargo ship. Spider contracts deadly coral poisoning during a bizarre snorkelling accident and Buffer and 2Dads face a freezing fate in a tropical paradise.

star 8.43
132 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Tony Morphett

#17 - Rawhide

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 17, 2010

Hammersley hunts down cattle rustlers behind the hijacking of live cattle shipments. Robert takes desperate measures to be seen as a team player by his crewmates, and Bird is terrorised by her ex-boyfriend.

star 8.41
246 votes
Directors: Geoff Bennett
Writers: Marcia Gardner
One Perfect Day

#18 - One Perfect Day

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 12, 2011

Tragedy rocks HMAS Hammersley as the crew races to prevent a terrorist attack on a busy Australian port. Meanwhile, Kate and Dutchy discover ingredients for a radioactive 'dirty bomb' are being smuggled into Australia on illegal fishing boats, and Mike is stunned to realise SAS Officer Jim Roth has proposed to Kate - will he let the woman he loves marry another man?

star 8.40
276 votes
Directors: Steve Mann
Writers: Marcia Gardner
Catch and Release

#19 - Catch and Release

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired May 18, 2009

The crew of Hammersley is rocked by the mysterious death of a much-loved shipmate. When valuable "Red Gold" coral is stolen from a dive boat, HMAS Hammersley is drawn into a web of murder, piracy and eco-terrorism. Then, Swain and Spider are kidnapped by an obsessed vigilante, determined to rid Australian waters of illegal fishing boats.

star 8.40
169 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Adam H Todd
Soft Target

#20 - Soft Target

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 8, 2010

The 'crash posting' of a Communications Technician to HMAS Hammersley proves to be a particularly nice surprise for one of her crew. However, 2Dads' suspicion of his old mate soon begins to grow, particularly when he suspects that Fraser is feeding vital intelligence to a group of pirates who have been ransacking boats. Mike and Kate use unorthodox tactics to catch the gang of daring pirates, .and Charge gets more than he bargained for when he finds love on a dating website.

star 8.38
217 votes
Directors: Steve Mann
Writers: Marcia Gardner
Precious Cargo

#21 - Precious Cargo

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 9, 2007

The crew uncovers a people smuggling racket, when they almost collide with a floating shipping container full of North Korean refugees. The Hammersley races to capture the smugglers’ ship and save the lives of their human cargo. Kate is wooed by a charming civilian sailor. Meanwhile, Mike is determined to solve the mystery of Ursula’s disappearance.

star 8.36
172 votes
Writers: John Ridley
Shoes of the Fisherman

#22 - Shoes of the Fisherman

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired May 27, 2010

On patrol in the Arafura Sea, the Hammersley encounters an old adversary, an illegal foreign fishing vessel skippered by an infamous fisherman known as Hannibal. Robert is lost overboard in mysterious circumstances, sparking a major search and lives are at stake when Swain discovers rabies on board Hammersley.

star 8.35
220 votes
Directors: Geoff Bennett
Writers: Marcia Gardner
Shadow Line

#23 - Shadow Line

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired May 26, 2008

The Hammersley is once again in hot pursuit of the cabin cruiser responsible for trafficking weapons and ammunition to the Samaru Islands. Meanwhile Mike Flynn receives a tempting offer from Ray Walsman and Kate's life is placed in danger when she becomes isolated from the crew.

star 8.34
221 votes
Directors: Geoff Bennett
Writers: Tony Morphett
Dutch Courage

#24 - Dutch Courage

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 10, 2010

There is something strange about the suspected foreign fishing vessel that a crew from Hammersley boards in the Timor Sea. On the deck are four Australian men who claim to be on a fishing trip, but Dutchy is suspicious of a fishing boat that seems to be carrying no bait, no nets, no fish and without any "blood and guts" on the deck. Further investigation reveals a cargo of illicit alcohol — and results in the XO being held hostage with a machete at her throat while the rest of her crew is sent packing.

star 8.34
160 votes
Directors: Steve Mann
Writers: John Ridley
In Too Deep

#25 - In Too Deep

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 29, 2010

Mike is tortured and faces death when he is captured by a ruthless gang of drug traffickers. Dutchy and the crew vow revenge when one of their mates is presumed murdered. After realising she has no romantic future with Mike, Kate makes a fateful decision about her career.

star 8.30
272 votes
Directors: Geoff Bennett
Writers: John Ridley