Rip came from humble beginnings growing up in Australia as the son of a sailor. Knowing his bearings from an early age, he could easily circumnavigate his way around the world by any body of water and open ocean. His interests led him to join the Navy as a teenager and was recruited by the Corps soon after to become a boat pilot for all sea missions.
He was persuaded by the Curse to release his knowledge of a rare earth metal found at sea to be used for bionic technology. After betraying the Corps team favoring personal wealth over humanitarian pursuits, Rip became the full-time boat navigator for the Curse and continues to scour the ocean floor for rare natural resources that can be utilized by the Curse for bionic research.