PASCAGOULA, Miss., Feb. 18, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Ship Systems sector has announced the appointment of two vice presidents within its supply chain management area.

Richard Schenk, presently vice president, Material, has been named vice president, Supply Chain Management. He will report directly to Dr. Philip A. Dur, president of Ship Systems, and will have responsibility for unit assembly, component manufacturing, planning, production control, transportation, material acquisition/movement and warehousing.

"Richard's thorough knowledge of the shipbuilding industry, and specifically our processes here at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, makes him the obvious choice for this position," Dur said. "I have relied on him to tackle challenges before and his performance has been nothing short of exemplary. As we focus our attention on building an effective supply chain management infrastructure for our sector we will rely heavily on Richard's expertise yet again to lead this organization to success."

Schenk joined the company in 1982 as a senior engineer and has held increasingly responsible positions in engineering, program management, strategic planning, business development and full service operations.

Schenk earned a bachelor's degree in marine engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Jimmie Haygood Jr., director of production manufacturing, has been promoted to vice president of unit manufacturing. He will report directly to Schenk and will be responsible for manufacturing all shipboard components and assembly of all units for delivery to the integration areas in Pascagoula and New Orleans.

"Jimmie has consistently been an outstanding leader throughout his career at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems," Dur said. "The experience he brings to this new post is a direct result of his ability to consistently perform as he has risen through the ranks. Jimmie knows the direction unit manufacturing needs to head to continue to provide high-quality products to our Navy customer and I trust, without hesitation, that he will maintain the quality standards that define our sector."

A 32-year company veteran, Haygood started in the Electrical Department, holding increasingly responsible positions in waterfront management. His previous work includes commercial programs, production support, and directing hull, build and integration areas.

Haygood studied business management at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems includes primary operations in Pascagoula and Gulfport, Miss., and in New Orleans and Tallulah, La., as well as in a network of fleet support offices in the U.S. and Japan. Ship Systems is one of the nation's leading full-service systems companies 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.

Members of the news media may receive our releases via e-mail by registering at: http://www.northropgrumman.com/cgi-bin/regist_form.cgi

LEARN MORE ABOUT US: Northrop Grumman news releases, product information, photos and video clips are available on the Internet at www.northropgrumman.com . Information specific to Ship Systems is available at: www.ss.northropgrumman.com/index.html

  CONTACT:  Bill Glenn
          Northrop Grumman Ship Systems 
          (228) 935-3971