NEW ORLEANS, July 31, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that it has been awarded $171 million by the U.S. Navy for advance procurement long-lead time materials for LPD 21, the fifth amphibious transport dock ship in the San Antonio-class LPD 17 program.

"This award demonstrates the commitment of the Department of the Navy to this program, and underlines the support of Congress for this critical addition to the fleet," said Dr. Philip A. Dur, Northrop Grumman corporate vice president and president of the company's Ship Systems sector.

Long-lead materials consist of the main engines, generators, controllable pitch propellers and reduction gears, among other items. Advance procurement is necessary for these critical long-lead items in order to exercise vendor option rates.

To date, the first four ships awarded in the 12-ship LPD 17 program are under contract. LPD 17 and LPD 18 are presently under construction at all three locations of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in New Orleans and Pascagoula and Gulfport, Miss.

The first ship is approaching 50 percent completion in unit erection at Avondale Operations in New Orleans. In October, the keel for the second ship, USS New Orleans, will also be laid at Avondale.

The LPD 17 amphibious transport dock ships are designed to be 208.4 meters (684 feet) long and 31.9 meters (105 feet) wide and will replace the functions of the LPD 4-, LSD 36-, LKA 113-, and LDT 1179-classes of amphibious ships. The ship's mission is to embark, transport and land elements of a landing force in an assault by helicopters, landing craft and amphibious vehicles to conduct an amphibious warfare mission.

Northrop Grumman's Ship Systems sector includes primary operations in Pascagoula and Gulfport, Miss.; New Orleans and Tallulah, La.; and in a network of fleet support offices in the U.S. and Japan. The sector, which currently employs more than 17,000 shipbuilding professionals, primarily in Mississippi and Louisiana, 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 Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and international navies, and for commercial vessels of all types.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is an $18 billion, global defense company with its worldwide headquarters in Los Angeles. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in defense and commercial electronics, systems integration, information technology and nuclear and non-nuclear shipbuilding and systems. With nearly 100,000 employees and operations in 44 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

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