NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Nov. 20, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) was awarded a contract option from the U.S. Navy for work to support the Los Angeles, Ohio, Seawolf, and Virginia-class submarines. This option is valued at $85 million and continues work awarded in 2006. The total estimated value of the cost plus fixed fee, level of effort contract is now $248 million.

Northrop Grumman's Newport News sector is the prime contractor for the work, which will include planning, engineering and logistics support for new, operational, conversion and decommissioning submarines. Examples include maintaining and altering ship class drawings, maintenance analysis and modernization and repair services.

As one of only two U.S. shipyards capable of building nuclear-powered submarines, Northrop Grumman is the design agent and hull planning yard for the Los Angeles-class submarines and the lead design and co-planning yard for the Seawolf-class submarines. The company also provides mobile submarine modernization and repair services at naval shipyards, fleet homeports and around the world as required.

"Our team of seasoned shipbuilders is committed to providing quality engineering and planning yard services to our nation's submarine force," said Becky Stewart, vice president of the submarine program at Northrop Grumman Newport News. "We're committed to continue doing so on budget and on schedule."

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

  CONTACT:  Jennifer Dellapenta
          Northrop Grumman Newport News
          (757) 380-3558