Battle ship captain CO commander Tom Chandler courteously accommodates zoologist Dr. Rachel Scott's wishes to research birds in the Arctic while his crew engages incommunicado in war games. When his patience is exhausted, a satellite call to the White House has his return order overruled by the Pentagon, the top-secret research is national security priority. Then a Russian force attacks her last and successful sample hunt, but is fought-off. Chandler orders a hasty return home, but finally learns the world is in the grip of an unprecedented pandemic which wiped out most of humanity. It started from Egypt but spreads over all continents, wiping out all demographic, economic and political order. They attempt to bring the bird virus sample, the only hope to develop a vaccine, to a US lab, but the disease already rendered the entire country lawless, hence too unsafe, so Scott must improvise in the primitive lab aboard.
Did You Know?
The term "Bravo Zulu" or "BZ" originates from the days of nautical flag signaling, when the flag combination "BZ" was shown it was to convey the message of "well done". In modern naval vernacular it is used as a common spoken short-hand way of telling someone they have performed a task especially well. See more
Shortly after returning from the cruise ship, we see an antenna slew in place followed by radio communications being restored.
The antenna shown is part of the SPG-62 Fire Control Director for guiding the ship's anti-Air missiles into their targets, not a communications antenna. See more
CO CDR Tom Chandler
This is the captain speaking. We have no contact with home, and I have good reason to believe that the American government is no longer functioning. The country we all hoped we were coming back to no longer exists. We left these shores four months ago as members of the United States Navy. But now we are more than that. Now our duty is to the entire world. On board this ship is the hope... for our futures, for our families, and for all of humanity, because in that lab in our helo bay are the ...
The Last Ship End Credits Theme
Written by James S. Levine
& Jim Dooley See more