Poignant video of Indonesia submarine crew singing emerges

Bali, Indonesia: A poignant video has emerged showing the crew of a sunken Indonesian submarine singing happily together onboard their vessel.

The video, filmed a few weeks before the KRI Nanggala 402 went down with all heads lost, 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 an acoustic 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."

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The video was recorded as a farewell for the outgoing commander of the navy's submarine corps, whose successor took up his role in early March, Indonesian military spokesman Djawara Whimbo told AFP.

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

Indonesia's military announced Sunday it had found the vessel in pieces on the seafloor, around 800 meters (2,600 feet) below the surface.

The military announced Sunday that all 53 crew members of an Indonesian submarine that went missing last week were killed, as the vessel was discovered in pieces on the seafloor.

Authorities said they received signals early Sunday from a position more than 800 meters (2,600 feet) deep – well below what the steel hull of the KRI Nanggala 402 was designed to withstand.

To get visual confirmation of the stricken vessel, they used an underwater submarine rescue vehicle supplied by neighboring Singapore.

"It was shattered into three pieces," Navy Chief of Staff Yudo Margono said.

Authorities said they recovered more parts from the sinking submarine, including an anchor and bright orange survival suits for emergencies.

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