Watch the Crew of Sunken Indonesian Submarine Sing a Farewell Song

Crew members of the KRI Nanggala recorded a farewell song weeks before their tragic death.

The Indonesian navy has released a chilling video showing the crew of the sunken Indonesian submarine, KRI Nanggala, singing a farewell song aboard the vessel.

The video was filmed a couple of weeks before the tragic sinking of the submarine. The sailors were singing "Sampai Jumpa" (See You Later), an Indonesian hit.

In the video, the submarine's commander, Heri Oktavian, is shown playing an acoustic guitar. He is surrounded by crew members singing in chorus.

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

The KRI Nanggala went missing after it test-fired torpedoes in the Bali Strait on April 21. Days later, the Indonesian navy reported an oil leak in the area, followed by the recovery of debris believed to be part of the missing submarine. The submarine was found on Sunday, April 25.

Underwater images captured by a robot submersible in the Bali Strait found safety jackets belonging to the sailors and pieces of the submarine’s vertical rudder. There was also an anchor and personal items from the crew. 

The KRI Nanggala is one of only five submarines owned by Indonesia. It was built in 1970 and then refitted in 2012. It was designed to dive to a depth of up to 300 meters. When it was found, it was at a depth of 838 meters, where it was impossible for sailors to survive. 

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