NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 25, 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received the U.S. government's highest rating for excellence in workplace health and safety.

The company's Shipbuilding sector located in Newport News, Va., recently achieved the prestigious STAR status, the highest level of recognition, from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).Â

VPP is an OSHA program designed to promote effective worksite-based safety and health. It is a partnership between companies and OSHA to establish and improve safety and health programs. Acceptance into VPP is OSHA's official recognition of outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health.

"The STAR rating recognizes the continuing efforts of our employees to maintain a healthy and safe work environment," said Jim Thornton, director of Environmental, Health and Safety for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. "Safety comes first for our employees."

Since 1995, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding is the largest STAR site in the U.S. with a consistently declining accident rate over the past two decades and the lowest accident rate in the public shipbuilding industry.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a 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.

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