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This could be the saddest music video of all time. Approach with caution.

Last week, the world learned of an Indonesian submarine that went missing off the north coast of Bali. The KRI Nanggala, a 40-year-old diesel-powered sub with a crew of 53 disappeared, sinking to a depth beyond the pressure tolerances of its hull. A massive multi-nation search was launched and the sub was discovered in three pieces at a depth of about 800 metres. All aboard were lost.

A couple of weeks ago, this same crew got together to pay tribute to a retiring commander. They videoed themselves singing an Indonesia hit entitled “Sampai Jumpa,” which translates as “Goodbye/see you later.”

It goes “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.”

The Indonesian Navy released the video to the public yesterday.

(Via the BBC and the Jakarta Post)

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