PASCAGOULA, Miss., Aug. 31, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a $95.8 million contract for the detail design of the U.S. Navy's 21st century DDG 1000 destroyer. The contract, to be performed by the company's Ship Systems sector, includes the detail design and the procurement of any vendor-furnished information that will be used in support of the design. The contract runs through September 2007; when fully funded, the contract will total more than $300 million through 2013.

"This detail design contract allows our team to move one significant phase closer to the construction of this technologically advanced destroyer," said Brian Cuccias, Northrop Grumman vice president of DDG 1000.

The ship's mission is to provide affordable, credible, independent forward presence/deterrence and to operate as an integral part of naval, joint or combined maritime forces. DDG 1000 will provide advanced land attack capability in support of ground campaigns and will contribute naval, joint or combined battlespace dominance in littoral operations. DDG 1000 technologies are in an advanced state of development and will influence ship design worldwide for the remainder of the century.

Work will be performed at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' Pascagoula and Gulfport facilities.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With more than 120,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

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          Northrop Grumman Ship Systems
          (228) 327-1671
          William.glenn@ngc.com