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 receives an emergency signal from an EPIRB and, upon investigation, finds a young female sailor who claims she has been attacked by pirates and forced from her yacht. They find that she is Claire Watts, who is trying to navigate around Australia, raising money for charity. Later, Hammersley finds her yacht, Claire de Lune, and are able to reunite Clare with it to continue her voyage. The XO becomes suspicious when Claire de Lune is not damaged but puts aside her concerns. A short time later, Hammersley receives another mayday, and they are called up to rescue Claire again, but this time find Claire de Lune has been ransacked. Despite this Claire asks to be returned to continue her voyage.
Hammersley manages to track down the pirates and attempt an interception, but they are forced to return to shore when members of the crew start to suddenly fall ill with severe food poisoning, caused by the crabs (the ones gifted to Spider on Bright Island). While the crew recover in hospital the CO discovers that HMAS Kingston has intercepted the pirates.
Hammersley returns to normal duties, and during an attempt to intercept an FFV, another mayday call is received, again from Claire Watts who is supposedly being attacked by the captured pirates. Hammersley is forced to sail through potentially dangerous un-surveyed waters to rescue Ms. Watts. When they bring her on board, they discover her secret: her father, who is not dead, was dishonourably discharged from the Navy and she hates the Navy for it. When confronted she pulls a gun on ET, for whom she has developed a warped fascination. The CO manages to talk her down and lower the gun, but it is clear she is very disturbed and in need of professional help.
Guest actors: Nadia Townsend, Matthew Whittett, Glen Bauer, Gavin Schofield.
Sea Patrol Series
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You can find a full index of Sea Patrol Series 01 here.
Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 16 August 2007.
- Running Time: 42 minutes.
- Rating: 12+.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.