''Sea Patrol'' is an Australian television series focusing on the crew of [=HMAS=] ''Hammersley''. The first three seasons have their own JigsawPuzzlePlot that is slowly revealed over the course of the season, though each episode was more focused on giving one or two crew members their [[ADayInTheLimelight day in the limelight.]] The fourth season ditched the JigsawPuzzlePlot and just focused on the characters. The fifth and final season went back to the JigsawPuzzlePlot of the first three seasons. Has been aired in many countries though not in the [=USA=].

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!!Tropes Include:

* AccidentalKidnapping: Occasional plot; when it involves the crew, it's normally Kate.
* ActionGirl: Kate and Bomber qualify, Nikki rarely sees action but never lets anyone down and Bird can be generously described as too young and inexperienced to be one.
* AllWorkVsAllPlay: Kate and Mike.
* AloneWithThePsycho: "Red Sky".
* AmateurSleuth: The crew when they get involved with crimes and the JigsawPuzzlePlot.
* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: The crew, especially Mike, do this on occasion
* AttackAttackAttack: Mike has this problem once in a while. The job gets done but it's clear that the crew rarely agree with him when it happens.
* AwesomeAussie:
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Normally Kate, but when Mike is given the rare chance he proves that his reputation isn't just talk, and Nikki isn't a pushover.
* BettyAndVeronica: Kate and Dr Ursula Morrell/Mike and Rick Gallagher/Jim Roth and Mike/ Mike and Dutchy (own choice for which fit)
* BigBad:
** Season 1: Rick Gallagher
** Season 2: Ray Walsman
** Season 3: Campbell Fulton,
* BigEater: Charge mostly though he occasionally fights 2Dads for the muffins.
* TheBigGuy: Buffer, Dutchy replaces him in season 4.
* BilingualBonus: In one episode the crew were attending a event at a French embassy and when Spider asked for a beer the French waiter pretended not to know English and said, "I'm proud of my bum when I see your face". Bomber came to his rescue and told the guy "Don't mess with me, w***!", and got his beer and one for herself. She then told Spider that she could just speak high-school French.
* BoardingParty: Since they enforcing Australian law this happens once an episode. Rarely does it go smoothly....
* BoisterousBruiser: Buffer
* BrainsAndBrawn: On the outside the officers and NCO but the officers can hold their own in a fight and many of the NCO (particulary ET, Charge, Swaine and 2Dads) clearly could outdo them in their fields.
* BrainyBrunette: Nikki
* CampCook: RO when Bomber is away. Anything she has done wrong is instantly forgiven.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Mike and Kate suffer from this when something goes wrong and there's time to think about it occasionally.
* Chickification: Averted. While the women do have moments of weakness, it's justified, and usually they rescue themselves, or hold off till help comes.
* CommandRoster:
** TheCaptain: Mike 'CO' Flynn
** NumberTwo: Kate 'XO/X' [=McGregor=]
** The Navigator: Nikki 'Nav' Caetano (SaskiaBurmeister)
** The Security Officer: Bosuns Pete 'Buffer' Tomaszewski and Dylan 'Dutchy' Mulholland best qualify
** TheEngineer: Andy 'Charge' Thorpe
** MrFixit: Electronics Technicians Josh 'ET' Hoilday and Leo '2Dads' Kosov-Meyer
** CommunicationsOfficer: Robert 'RO' Dixon
** TheMedic: Chris 'Swaine' Blake assisted by
** TeamChef: Toby 'Chefo' Jones, Rebecca 'Bomber' Brown and Jessica 'Bird' Bird.
** RedShirt: Averted by Billy 'Spider' Webb
** ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Commanders Steve Marshall and Maxine 'Knocker' White.
* CoolBoat: HMAS ''Hammersley''. Some occasional boats that are pirated.
* {{Curse}}: The ship suffers one in the first season when Thor, their mascot, is stolen while they're in port. As a result;
** There are strange knocking noises in the walls.
** Had to swallow their pride and leave their mascot in the ''Kingston'''s arms even though they've put Thor in pink hotpants and waving it right under their noses.
** The refrigerator stops working.
** A boarding mission goes badly.
** Relationships go though a bad patch. (ET, Buffer and Nikki's most notably).
** The generator room catches fire.
** Change's bad eye is affected by the fire.
** ET gets some bad news.
** Mike and the ''Hammersley'' part in understanding the jigsaw plot hits a hard stumbling block.
* CurseEscapeClause: Which involves getting back their mascot, stealing the other ship's mascot (of the crew that stole their's) and Buffer dressing up as Neptune to give a offering to appease the sea.
* DeadpanSnarker: Name a character, though [=RO=] and Buffer are, arguably, the most prominent examples.
* DeathByChildbirth: A Chinese illegal immigrant dies on ''Hammersley''. However there were clear reasons for this and the baby survived.
* DisposableSexWorker: Poor women looking for a better life are forced to be this and are the centre of an episode in the third season.
* DistressedDamsel: Bird
* TheDrunkenSailor: Of course there's shore leave, but while Buffer and 2Dads took on two dangerous men and won, poor RO ''needs'' to stay away from the booze. The poor golf buggie....
* EmbarrassingTattoo: Buffer on a night out decides to get another tattoo and forces Spider to come along and get one himself. Buffer (who's definitely drunk) goes to sleep in the chair while his tattoo is being done. The next day Bomber is tending to the slightly infected tattoo and it becomes clear that it isn't the tattoo Buffer wanted. Bomber corners Spider, who admits that he didn't get one then realises that he messed with Buffer's choice. It turns out that he changed it to a heart with XO in it. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And the first person Buffer shows it to is the XO.]] ... Spider is very lucky to not be maimed, let alone alive, when Buffer is finished with him.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Most of the nicknames, Chefo is the chef, though he's also the assistant medic, [=CO=] is the '''[[CaptainObvious C]]'''[[CaptainObvious ommanding]] '''[[CaptainObvious O]]'''[[CaptainObvious fficer]], Swaine is the coxswain, etc.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: 2Dads thinks so...
* FatherNeptune: Charge qualifies.
* FriendlyRivalry: With anyone not from ''Hammersley''
* GreenEyedMonster: Interestingly, not much of a problem in ET and Nav's relationship (mostly by Nav accepting that he is an incurable flirt and he makes sure she knows she's number one). However when Mike or Kate show interest in someone else they are clearly upset and snark at each other, though they keep it mostly out of the crew's way ... well, Kate does.
** Bomber after two seasons of being the only girl in the ranks finds herself pushed aside when young Bird turns up.
* GoingDownWithTheShip: Poor Swaine nearly has this fate after a bad run in with some diamond smugglers.
* GoodWithNumbers: Kate and Nikki are qualified navigators. Charge, ET, 2Dads, Swaine and RO would have to be good at maths to do their jobs. Mike is implied to be but there isn't much reason for his to show it.
* HappilyMarried: Swaine
* HeroWorshipper: 2Dads has some of this to Dutchy in series 4.
* HotScientist: Dr Ursula Morrell
* IdiotBall: Ship could be renamed this especially in the early seasons
* InformedFlaw: A few crop up now and then.
* InterserviceRivalry: A few times when an army man appears or once when the crew found weapons stolen from an army base but there is a problem with the [=FEDs=] everynow and again, while the crew isn't blameless there are one or two moments when the plot wouldn't have happened if the [=FEDs=] had just warned ''Hammersley'' something would happening in the area.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: RO, 2Dads, Mike and Dutchy are the most glaring.
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Besides Mike, and to a lesser extent Kate, the whole cast is almost exclusively referred to by their nicknames.
** Also Bird which is her surname.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: ET, Swaine]]
* LoveMartyr: While he does love her, and it's not a one way street, some of the things Mike pulls on Kate feel like this though it's subverted by Kate knowing this and NOT being happy with it and she calls him out when it gets too far.
* MakesSenseInContext: Some of the nicknames such as '2Dads' which is because his surname is a double barrel Kosov-Meyer. 'Bomber' is traditionally given to people with the surname Brown in the navy; sources differ on the origin.
* MaliciousSlander: 2Dads spreads a rumour about Kate and Buffer being in a secret relationship after a (deservedly) harsh dressing down. Mike nearly physically throws him off the boat and Kate and Buffer make him retrieve pearls that a thief had swallowed.
* MistakenForGay: Ryan
* MistakenForPregnant: Kate. Although to be fair she did have a tummy bug and showed the classical signs of pregnancy so Swaine giving her the pregnancy test (to rule it out) and RO seeing the test and her behaviour makes it understandable that it happened.
* NauticalFolklore: Wonderful stuff to scare the new guy.
* NeverMyFault: RO suffers from this to some extent. Everyone lets him know when he doing though
* NewMeat/EnsignNewbie: Spider and Bird though Spider found himself coming in for more than Bird because he wasn't a she and pretty. Both are very gullible though, to everyone's delight.
* NonSequiturThud: During the course of her duties, the [=XO=] of [=HMAS=] ''Hammersley'' was surreptitiously dosed with Rohypnol by a fisherman/murderer. After ''Hammersley'' saves the day, the Captain came down to her cabin to check on her condition; she didn't wake up when he arrived, and he was greeted with "I don't believe in pre-marital soy sauce!"
* NotMeThisTime: 2Dads increasingly suffers this as the series goes on. He does deserve it sometimes though.
* OpenSecret: ET and Nikki's relationship ends up being this. While everyone is more or less a [[IncrediblyLamePun shipper on deck]] no one wants them to leave and so they keep quiet about it. Mike and Kate are so good that it comes as a bit of a surprise when they show that they know about it.
* PutOnABus: Chefo between seasons 1 and 2, and Nav, Spider and Buffer between season 3 and 4, and Bomber between seasons 4 and 5, though at least Bomber going away was referenced in the season 4 finale.
** Justified in that people in the Navy change boats regularly, just in the course of their careers.
* QuicksandSucks: 2Dads falls into a pit in Season Four, even briefly falling beneath the surface.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Characters leaving the show at the end of most seasons unexplainedly, which happens on real boats all the time.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The characters were only PutOnABus because the actors didn't want to come back to the show.
* RealWomenNeverWearDresses: Averted -- the women are as feminine as they would be. They wear dresses off the ship, eye the eye-candy men, and have realistic conversations among themselves.
* ScreamingBirth: This happens in the penultimate episode of the first season. She gives plenty of abuse to the father as well.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Ray Walsman
* SeaMine: In the first season a mine washes up on a beach after a cyclone. While it is unstable, the only real danger comes from a pair of TooDumbToLive preteen boys who find the mine, and don't report it straightaway. One even runs towards it when the bomb disposal unit are about to destroy it to save a tortoise.
* SeaStories:
* SecretRelationship: ET and Nikki [[spoiler: Mike and Kate, and Bomber and 2Dads, in season 4.]]
* SergeantRock: Buffer and Duchy are the navy version
* SexSlave: See above.
* SexTourism: Or sex boat.
* TakingTheHeat: 2Dads in an incident with a baby crocodile.
* TeamDad: Split between Mike, Charge and Swaine. Mike is the authority figure, Charge the fun/caring one, and Swaine the sort of big brother.
* TeamMom: Kate and Bomber. Kate as the authority figure, and Bomber as a sister.
* TerrifiedOfGerms: RO
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Bird to the other ladies of ''Hammersley''.
** Zig zagged between the other ladies when paired with each other. Bomber, despite being the chef, generally comes off as the Tomboy however.
* TraumaticCSection: Though the mother was dead Swaine is haunted by doing this.
* TrueCompanions: Very strong crew and even when new troublemakers [[CoughSnarkCough *cough*2Dads*cough*]] get into trouble they are saved.
* UptightLovesWild: A mild example with Mike and Kate. He is more laid back, happy to socialise, and inclined to take risks; Kate is more withdrawn, keeps her distance with the crew and by the book.
* UST: Kate and Mike. Bomber and RO. Bomber and 2Dads.
* VitriolicBestBuds: [=RO=] and 2Dads.
* WelcomeEpisode: The Pilot has Kate and Spider's first day on ''Hammersley'', Spider has only been in the navy for four weeks.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Buffer, Spider and Bomber end up stuck on a boat with about 10 deadly snakes at one point.
* WillTheyOrWontThey?: Mike and Kate. ET and Nikki [[spoiler:ET and Nikki do but before it is finalised and fully out in the open, he is murdered. Mike and Kate finally get together at the start of the fourth series when he is promoted off the '''Hammersley''' but he is back at the end of the second episode and their relationship is put on hold for the rest of the season -- to Kate's increasing frustration. She breaks it off in the fifth season and goes out with old flame Jim but they get together in the final episode]].
* WorkingWithTheEx: Mike and Kate in the first season.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: A woman in series one sent Maydays all episode. She caused a lot of problems before she held ET at gun point.
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