Indonesian navy units in a manoeuvre. The Indonesian and the US navies' mariner units started joint military exercise on July 5 (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Jakarta (VNA) – The Indonesian and the US navies’ mariner units kicked off a joint military exercise on July 5 to improve combat planning and capacity of their mariner forces.

Indonesia's Mariner's Third Infantry Battalion Commander Prasetyo Pinandito said that the joint drill is being held in Indonesian mariner’s base of Gedangan in the city of Sidoargo, East Java province.

It aims to fine-tune the skills of the two countries’ mariner units in combat planning, operations and tactical strategy development.

The joint exercise, entitled Subject Matter Expert Exchange on Military Decision Making Process, will run until July 7.-VNA