JJ Wickham, also known as the Sea Ranger, is one of Jack West Jr's best friends, as well as his brother-in-law.
JJ Wickham joined the U.S. Navy some time after he turned 18, and would eventually end up reaching the rank of captain.
At some point during the late 1980's to early 1990's, Wickham became associated with the Australian SAS operative Jack West Jr, with the pair eventually becoming best friends. Their friendship grew closer after Wickham met and married Jack's older sister, Lauren. Wickham evidently had no love for his father-in-law, Jonathon "Wolf" West Sr, as he would later note that Wolf was "the biggest asshole of a father-in-law a guy ever had".
Around 1996 to 1997, Lauren died in an airliner accident. Some time after this tragedy occurred, Wickham became stationed out of Diego Garcia, and was given the position of executive officer aboard a Sturgeon-class submarine.
One day, Wickham's sub came across an unregistered submarine piloted by Russian pirates, and Wickham's superior sent him and a boarding party to take control of the vessel and bring it to Diego Garcia. Inside the sub, Wickham was surprised to discover a CIA operative was assisting the pirates in shipping weapons to warlords in Eastern Africa as part of a CIA destablising mission. Part-way back to Diego Garcia, Wickham was contacted by Navy headquarters and ordered to relinquish the sub back to the CIA operative's command and send them back on their way.
Shocked that his superiors supported the arming of African warlords, Wickham decided that, since he no longer had a family without Lauren, that he would do the right thing himself by keeping the weapons . After setting the pirates and CIA operative afloat on a life-raft, Wickham encouraged most of the men in his boarding party to leave as well, but a few who agreed with his actions decided to stay on with him as a skeleton crew.
Even as he was court-martialled in absentia for desertion and sentenced to 25 years imprisonment, Wickham decided to keep the Russian sub for himself in order to make his own patrols of the African coast. Wickham spent some time hiding out with Jack and his team at Victoria Station in Kenya to avoid the authorities, and often played games with the toddler Jack's team was protecting, Lily.
After the heat on him began dying down, Wickham set himself a base of operations in an old cave in Zanzibar, and proceeded to use the Russian sub, which he called the Indian Raider, to intercept weapons to warlords. Wickham also stole food and supplies from cargo ships, which he would give away to the people of Africa, and in return the people gave him the nickname Sea Ranger and called him a hero, despite the American and British navies designating him a pirate.
Before The Six Sacred StonesEdit
In late 2006, Sea Ranger poached a shipment of weapons from an American vessel, which prompted an Australian general to visit Jack and inquire if he had seen or heard from Sea Ranger, to which Jack claimed he hadn't seen his brother-in-law since before he went rogue.
During the New Year's celebration on the helicopter pad at the Burj al Arab, Sea Ranger made a brief appearance to see Jack and his friends, along with Soloman Kol. Jack warned him that he needed to be careful when grabbing CIA weapons shipments lest they increase the intensity of their search for him, however the Sea Ranger scoffed that they could try, taking note of Jack's recent victory against the American military as proof they could be beaten. After suggesting that Jack visit him in Zanzibar some time, Sea Ranger proceeded to slip away from the celebrations unnoticed during the fireworks.
In December 2007, Jack and the twins Lachlan and Julius Adamson journeyed to Zanzibar to request the Sea Ranger's aid. Noting the recent chaos in Africa, Sea Ranger asked if Jack knew what was going on, and Jack replied that it was Wolf's doing. After explaining the mission to restore an ancient machine by placing six Pillars in Vertices scattered around the globe to prevent the Dark Star from destroying life on Earth, Jack requested Sea Ranger's help in getting to the second vertex discreetly. Since he had never liked his father-in-law, Sea Ranger readily agreed to help, and had his men prepare a gutted fishing trawler they could use to cover the Indian Raider.
Sea Ranger's cover worked perfectly, as he was able to get the trawler within the Cape Town sea-lane border in time before Wolf's allies had all access cut off. Sea Ranger's crew soon located the entrance to the second Vertex beneath Table Mountain, and soon Sea Ranger joined Jack and the twins in preparing to go after Wolf's team before one of his men could thwart the mission to save the world.
Needing help to navigate the vertex's trap system, Jack asked Sea Ranger if he had and video-capable phones on the Raider they could use to get Wizard's help, and while Sea Ranger warned him that they could be detected, Jack pointed out their need to take the risk. Soon the group was making their way through the city of bridges, however Jack was forced to make a desperate play to keep Switchblade from dropping the Pillar into the chasm below, and Sea Ranger watched in horror as Jack fell into the abyss. Once they'd confirmed the Pillar had been laid, Sea Ranger told the twins they had to leave before Wolf's men could come after them, and so made their way back to the Indian Raider.
A man with strong morals, JJ Wickham is far from the villain that his former superiors have made him out to be. He puts the needs of others above himself, and this is best shown in the assistance he gives to the poor people of Eastern Africa, becoming a hero to them.