Sea Patrol (2007): S01E01 – Welcome Aboard


The first season of the Australian drama series Sea Patrol premiered on the Nine Network on 05 July 2007. The 13-episode season concluded 04 October 2007. Set aboard HMAS Hammersley, an old Royal Australian Navy (RAN) patrol boat, the series follows the ship’s company as they investigate the deaths of several people, who are linked by a web of intrigue.


Hammersley intercepts a Foreign Fishing Vessel (FFV) and, after forcing the FFV to stop, boards it and discovers some Asian fishermen. ET and Jaffah remain on the FFV while it is towed back to base by Hammersley.

Hammersley answers a distress call from a marine biologist on Bright Island, so they release the FFV under its own steam and the care of ET and Jaffah.

The distress call becomes a medical emergency and the crew discover that a young woman scientist has been poisoned and Swain, the boat’s medical officer, is forced to perform a tracheotomy on her. Whilst on the Island, newly arrived Able Seaman Bill Webb, “Spider”, who is suffering the effects of seasickness, meets up with two fishermen. Still very naïve and new to Navy life Spider is delighted to accept a gift of fresh crab the fishermen have recently caught, and returns the catch to Hammersley to share with his ship mates.

The young woman from the Island has been returned safely to Hammersley, but despite all the attempts at resuscitation by Swain and Hammersley’s 2IC and executive officer, Lieutenant Kate “XO” McGregor, the woman dies.

Back on the FFV, the fishermen are making dinner and accidentally set their vessel alight and its crew, with Jaffah and ET, are forced to abandon ship. Although wearing life-jackets they start to panic that Hammersley will not find them, and ET struggles to maintain calm.

When Hammersley arrives back at base, the CO discovers that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) are very interested in the death of the marine biologist, Lisa Holmes. When Holmes’ colleague, Doctor Ursula Morelle, arrives to identify the body, it appears that she may be hiding something, and the CO becomes very interested in Bright Island, and in the very attractive doctor.

Guest actors: Steve Nation, Damien Garvey, Melanie Munt, Gary Lo, Haven Tso, Ben Clemments.

Sea Patrol Series

You can find a full index and overview of Sea Patrol here.

You can find a full index of Sea Patrol Series 01 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 05 July 2007.
  • Running Time: 42 minutes.
  • Rating: 12+.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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