PASCAGOULA, Miss., Sept. 3, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation, (NYSE:NOC) in partnership with Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS), will begin construction on the first Maritime Security Cutter, Large (WMSL 750) here at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9. This event will celebrate the historic start of a new fleet of U.S. Coast Guard cutters and the nation's renewed investments in homeland security, two days before the third anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The ship, which will be built at the company's Ship Systems sector, represents the first major multi-mission cutter to be introduced to the Coast Guard in the past 25 years. The production contract, valued at $250 million was awarded to ICGS this summer.

Members of electronic and print media organizations are invited to cover the ceremony scheduled to begin at approximately 1 p.m. and should be at the company's Pascagoula shipyard no later than 12:30 p.m. The ceremony will feature brief remarks by Philip A. Dur, president, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Fred P. Moosally, president, Lockheed Martin Corps.'s Maritime Systems & Sensors, and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Patrick M. Stillman, program executive officer of the Integrated Deepwater System Program.

The Ship Systems sector leads the construction effort as a major partner in Integrated Coast Guard Systems, a joint venture of Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. The ship will be manufactured here at the Northrop Grumman's Pascagoula shipyard. Following the start of construction, the keel laying is scheduled for April 2005. The anticipated delivery date for the lead ship is the second quarter of 2007.

  Who:      Northrop Grumman Ship Systems

 What:     Start of Fabrication, Maritime Security Cutter,
           Large (WMSL 750)

 When:     Thursday, September 9, 12:30 p.m.
           (Ceremony will begin promptly at 1 p.m.)

 Where:    Northrop Grumman Ship Systems visitor control center


 PLEASE RSVP to:    Bill Glenn
                    (228) 935-3972
                    william.glenn@ngc.com
 

Maritime Security Cutter Background

The WMSL will be a 421-foot vessel with a 4,112-ton displacement at full load, when delivered, and will be powered by a twin-screw combined diesel and gas turbine power propulsion plant designed to cruise at a maximum speed of 28 knots. The cutter will include an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats, a flight deck to accommodate a range of rotary wing manned and unmanned aircraft and state of the art command and control electronics.

Integrated Deepwater System (IDS) is a critical multi-year, multi-billion dollar program to modernize and replace the Coast Guard's aging ships and aircraft, and improve command and control and logistics systems. It is the largest re-capitalization effort in the history of the Coast Guard. When complete, the interoperable IDS system will include three classes of new cutters and their associated small boats, a new fixed-wing manned aircraft fleet, a combination of new and upgraded helicopters, and both cutter-based and land-based unmanned aerial vehicles. All of these highly capable assets are linked with command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems, and are supported by a new and far-reaching integrated logistics system.

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems includes primary operations in Pascagoula and Gulfport, Miss.; and in New Orleans and Tallulah, La., as well as in a network of fleet support offices in the U.S. and Japan. Ship Systems is one of the nation's leading full-service systems companies for the design, engineering, construction and life-cycle support of major surface ships for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and international navies, and for commercial vessels of all types.

  CONTACT:  Bill Glenn
          Northrop Grumman Ship Systems
          (228) 935-3972
          william.glenn@ngc.com

          Margaret Mitchell-Jones 
          ICGS    
          (202) 550-8746
          margaret.mitchelljones@dwicgs.com