Nine has officially renewed Sea Patrol for a fifth season, with key cast Lisa McCune, Ian Stenlake, Conrad Coleby, John Batchelor, Matt Holmes, Kristian Schmid, Nikolai Nikolaeff, Danielle Horvat and Tammy McIntosh all returning.
Ditch Davey will also return as Captain Jim Roth and will be joined by Renai Caruso as Madelaine Cruise.
Subtitled Sea Patrol: Damage Control the series is trimmed from 16 episodes to 13.
Executive Producer, Di McElroy, said: “Our cast and crew love the thrills, spills and very real danger of shooting on a warship on the high-seas.”
Executive Producer, Hal McElroy, said: ”We’re determined to make this our best season yet.”
Channel Nine’s Head of Drama, Jo Horsburgh, said “We believe that the fifth season will deliver all the elements from the last series and more.”
Production will be filming at Mission Beach, Cairns and on the Gold Coast from now until February 2011.
Nine has already announced the return of Rescue Special Ops plus a number of telemovie projects.