LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5, 2001 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced that it is pleased with today's decision by Newport News Shipbuilding's (NYSE:NNS) Board of Directors to pursue discussions with Northrop Grumman regarding the company's previously announced proposed acquisition of Newport News.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $15 billion global aerospace and 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 non-nuclear shipbuilding and systems. With 80,000 employees and operations in 44 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial users.

This press release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell securities. Any exchange offer will be made only through a registration statement and related materials. Investors and security holders are strongly advised to read the registration statement and related materials regarding the exchange offer referred to in this press release, if and when such document is filed and becomes available, because it will contain important information.

Any such registration statement would be filed by Northrop Grumman with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as part of a tender offer statement. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the registration statement (if and when filed and available) and other relevant documents on the SEC's Web site at www.sec.gov . Any such registration statement and related materials may also be obtained for free by directing such requests to Northrop Grumman.

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