The Indonesia navy has released a video showing the crew of a sunken submarine singing a farewell tune together onboard that is called ‘Sampai Jumpa’ which means ‘see you later’ or ‘goodbye’.
The video was reportedly filmed a few weeks before the disaster which also shows that Indonesian submarine commander Heri Oktavian and other members of the crew singing the farewell song. The crew members were seen gathered around a seaman strumming an acoustic guitar.
The sailors sing, “Even though I’m not ready to be missing you, I’m not ready to live without you.” All 53 crew aboard an Indonesian submarines that disappeared last week were killed, the military had said Sunday as it confirmed the vessel had been found in pieces on the seafloor.
Authorities had said that they picked up signals early Sunday from a location more than 800 metres (2,600 feet) deep — far below what the KRI Nanggala 402’s steel hull was built to withstand.
They had used an underwater submarine rescue vehicle supplied by neighbouring Singapore to get visual confirmation of the stricken vessel. “It was broken into three pieces,” said Navy Chief of Staff Yudo Margono.
More parts from the doomed submarine were also retrieved, including an anchor and fluorescent orange safety suits for emergencies, authorities said.
The discovery comes a day after the navy had first confirmed the retrieval of fragments from the submarine and declared that it had sunk, effectively ending any chance of finding survivors.
Among the earlier items recovered were a piece of the torpedo system and a bottle of grease used to lubricate periscopes. They also found a prayer mat commonly used in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. Warships, planes and hundreds of military personnel had led a frantic search for the submarine since it disappeared this week during training exercises, hoping for a miracle rescue before its known oxygen reserves ran out.
But on Sunday, Indonesian military head Hadi Tjahjanto said there was no chance of finding any of the crew alive. “With deep sadness, I can say that all 53 personnel onboard have passed,” he told reporters.