NCIS (2007): S05E06 – Chimera


The fifth season of the police procedural drama NCIS was originally broadcast between 25 September 2007 and 20 May 2008.

It marked the end of Donald P. Bellasario’s involvement as showrunner. The new showrunner, starting from this season, was Shane Brennan.


Gibbs’ team is sent to investigate a death aboard USNS Chimera, a top-secret naval research ship sailing in the middle of the ocean. After boarding the ship, they find it abandoned except for a dead U.S. Navy scientist, who died from viral hemorrhagic fever. However, they suspect that they are not alone. Their investigation is further complicated by the Navy’s reluctance to share information regarding the research which took place on Chimera. However, they quickly discover that the Chimera is not a research ship, but is in fact transporting a salvaged Russian nuclear warhead. A mole in the crew staged a viral outbreak to get the crew to abandon ship in preparation for the Russian strike team. The NCIS team sabotages the Chimera and steals the Russian strike team’s boat, taking the warhead with them. As the team leaves, Navy jets destroy the Chimera to cover up any evidence of Navy involvement.

NCIS Series 05

You can find a full index of NCIS Series 05 here.

You can find a full index and overview of the NCIS Franchise here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Tom Wharmby.
  • Writer(s): Dan E. Fesman.
  • Release Date: 30 October 2007.
  • Running Time: 39-44 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.


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