LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16, 2001 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced the appointment of Philip A. Dur as corporate vice president and president of the company's Ship Systems sector, the largest builder of non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy.

He will assume his new position on Oct. 1, succeeding Jerry St. Pe, who announced his decision to retire on Oct. 31 after 40 years with the company. Dur, a former rear admiral of the U.S. Navy, currently serves as vice president of program operations at the Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector, the company's largest sector with annual revenues of approximately $5 billion. He manages the sector's business operations, oversees program execution and acquisition and alliance activities.

"Phil brings to Ship Systems extensive experience in naval operations and a strategic insight into our industry and future business opportunities," said Kent Kresa, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Northrop Grumman. "During his distinguished Navy and corporate careers, Phil has served in several important posts that make him uniquely qualified for this important position."

Kresa acknowledged St. Pe for his dedicated service to Ship Systems. "Jerry has earned wide recognition as a leader in the shipbuilding industry, among our customers, and national, state and local officials," Kresa said. "We wish him well in his retirement."

Dur, 57, served in the Navy as assistant deputy chief of naval operations; director, Navy strategy division; commander, battle force Sixth Fleet; and commander, cruiser-destroyer group eight, where he was responsible for the combat readiness of 35 cruisers and destroyers, a battleship and 11,000 personnel. He also served as commanding officer of two Ingalls-built surface combatants.

Dur joined the company in 1999 following five years with Tenneco, Inc., where he served most recently as vice president, worldwide business development and strategy.

He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Notre Dame. Dur earned a master's degree and a doctorate from Harvard University.

Northrop Grumman's Ship Systems, headquartered in Pascagoula, Miss., includes Ingalls and the Ship Systems Full Service Center, both located in Pascagoula, as well as Avondale Industries, located in New Orleans, La. Ship Systems, which currently employs more than 17,000 shipbuilding professionals, primarily in Mississippi and Louisiana, is one of the nation's leading enterprises for the design, engineering, construction, and life cycle support of major surface ships for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and international navies, and for commercial vessels of all types. Ship Systems has a firm business backlog exceeding $5.6 billion, in a variety of naval and commercial shipbuilding programs.

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 customers.

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