The Best Episodes of Sea Patrol

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2018

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.

Half Life

#1 - Half Life

Season 3 - Episode 7

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 8.63
27 votes
Directors: Steve Mann
Writers: John Ridley
Friends Close, Enemies Closer

#2 - Friends Close, Enemies Closer

Season 2 - Episode 12

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 8.54
34 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Felicity Packard
Rawhide

#3 - Rawhide

Season 4 - Episode 10

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 8.49
27 votes
Directors: Geoff Bennett
Writers: Marcia Gardner
Secret Cargo

#4 - Secret Cargo

Season 3 - Episode 11

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 8.47
15 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Adam H Todd
Oh Danny Boy

#5 - Oh Danny Boy

Season 3 - Episode 6

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 8.47
24 votes
Directors: Steve Mann
Writers: John Ridley
Red Sky Morning

#6 - Red Sky Morning

Season 3 - Episode 8

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 8.45
20 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Tony Morphett
One Perfect Day

#7 - One Perfect Day

Season 5 - Episode 13

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 8.41
28 votes
Directors: Steve Mann
Writers: Marcia Gardner
Ransom

#8 - Ransom

Season 4 - Episode 4

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

star 8.41
29 votes
Directors: Geoff Bennett
Writers: Jeff Truman
Live Catch

#9 - Live Catch

Season 4 - Episode 14

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 8.41
25 votes
Directors: Geoff Bennett
Writers: Jeff Truman
In Too Deep

#10 - In Too Deep

Season 4 - Episode 16

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 8.40
24 votes
Directors: Geoff Bennett
Writers: John Ridley
Rules of Engagement

#11 - Rules of Engagement

Season 2 - Episode 10

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 8.38
36 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Jeff Truman
Soft Target

#12 - Soft Target

Season 4 - Episode 13

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 8.37
21 votes
Directors: Steve Mann
Writers: Marcia Gardner
Red Reef

#13 - Red Reef

Season 3 - Episode 13

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 8.37
19 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: John Ridley
A Brilliant Career

#14 - A Brilliant Career

Season 2 - Episode 11

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 8.36
37 votes
Directors: Geoff Bennett
Writers: Michaeley O'Brien
Catch and Release

#15 - Catch and Release

Season 3 - Episode 1

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 8.35
31 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Adam H Todd
Soldiers of Fortune

#16 - Soldiers of Fortune

Season 2 - Episode 13

Buffer becomes a marked man after providing evidence allowing the Hammersley team to arrest Ray Walsman, and among a team of UN observers later taken on board, is one man with murderous intent. Walsman meanwhile has escaped, but a quick thinking Mike has him back in custody.

star 8.35
29 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: John Ridley
Shoes of the Fisherman

#17 - Shoes of the Fisherman

Season 4 - Episode 7

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 8.31
25 votes
Directors: Geoff Bennett
Writers: Marcia Gardner
Birds

#18 - Birds

Season 2 - Episode 6

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 8.29
24 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Matt Ford
Flotsam and Jetsam

#19 - Flotsam and Jetsam

Season 4 - Episode 15

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 8.28
25 votes
Directors: Steve Mann
Writers: Philip Dalkin
Ghost Net

#20 - Ghost Net

Season 3 - Episode 5

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 8.23
26 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Jeff Truman
Pearls Before Swine

#21 - Pearls Before Swine

Season 3 - Episode 9

Hammersley hunts down a mysterious gang of armed robbers, who are terrorising pearl luggers off the WA coast. Spider and Buffer have a trippy encounter with some hard-partying drug smugglers. 2Dads faces disciplinary action for negligence. Also, Mike is forced to intervene over rumours that Kate and Buffer are romantically involved.

star 8.22
26 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Matt Ford
Safeguard

#22 - Safeguard

Season 3 - Episode 10

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 8.22
24 votes
Directors: Steve Mann
Writers: Jeff Truman
Black Gold

#23 - Black Gold

Season 3 - Episode 12

A rescue at sea casts doubt on the circumstances of ET's death. While searching for a missing kayaker, Buffer stumbles across an illegal oil smuggling operation. Charge's weight threatens to sink his navy career. Will he become the biggest loser?

star 8.21
25 votes
Directors: Steve Mann
Writers: Jeff Truman
Black Flights

#24 - Black Flights

Season 5 - Episode 7

2Dads and Charge come under fire while investigating a UFO sighting. Ryan and Bird befriend a young man with a tortured secret that could get them all killed. Charge hides a health scare that could end his navy career, and Mike suspects a local police chief of masterminding a major drug-smuggling operation.

star 8.19
16 votes
Directors: Steve Mann
Writers: Jeff Truman
Heart of Glass

#25 - Heart of Glass

Season 2 - Episode 8

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 8.18
33 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Samantha Winston