Ms. Berda, an early education lecturer at a university in Surabaya, said that the wives of the Nanggala sailors are close, sharing WhatsApp groups and meals when their husbands are away. The camaraderie was something that she understood, having grown up as the daughter of a naval officer, she said.
An hour’s drive away, in the city of Sidoarjo, the family of Colonel Harry, the commander of the Indonesian submarine fleet, kept its own vigil on Saturday. His 18-year-old son, Sheeva Naufal Zidane, said he wanted to become a submariner, too.
“Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be on a submarine, because my father is cool,” he said.
When the television blasted on Saturday afternoon, with news that the submarine debris had been found, Colonel Harry’s family huddled together. As his mother wept, Mr. Sheeva rubbed eucalyptus oil on her feet. The air resounded with prayers.
Ms. Winny, Colonel Harry’s wife, said that her husband never lost his professional cool, and was calm even during the most heated traffic jams. The debris found in the Bali Sea haunted her, she said, but it would not kill her faith.
“There is still hope, I won’t stop hoping,” she said. “The men will survive. It hasn’t ended yet.”
Hannah Beech and Muktita Suhartono reported from Bangkok, and Dera Menra Sijabat reported from Surabaya, Indonesia. John Ismay and James Glanz contributed reporting.