Goodbye song from now-lost submariners

World | AGENCIES 27 Apr 2021

A poignant video has emerged showing the crew of a now sunken Indonesian submarine singing happily together on their vessel.

The video, filmed a few weeks before the KRI Nanggala 402 went down with all hands, shows some of the 53-strong crew singing Sampai Jumpa, an Indonesian hit whose title means "Goodbye."

Submarine commander Heri Oktavian is among those gathered around a seaman strumming a guitar.

"Even though I'm not ready to be missing you I'm not ready to live without you," the sailors sing. "I wish all the best for you."

The video was recorded as a farewell for the outgoing commander of the submarine corps, whose successor took up his role last month, Indonesian military spokesman Djawara Whimbo said.

The German-built submarine - one of five in Indonesia's fleet - disappeared early on Wednesday when scheduled to do live torpedo training exercises off Bali.

Indonesia's military announced on Sunday it had found the submarine is three large pieces on the seafloor, around 800 meters down.

Grieving relatives of one sailor gathered on the northern shore of Bali yesterday to pay their respects to all those who perished, and urged authorities to recover their bodies.

Some carried incense and flowers as they clutched photographs, others rowed out to sea to scatter petals on the water. "We hope the government will return his remains to us after all the official ceremonies," said an uncle of submariner I Gede Kartika.

Family members of another crew member gathered at the port town of Banyuwangi, which is home to the naval base on Java island where the Nanggala was stationed, to pay their respects.

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