SAN DIEGO, April 28, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has issued community grants to San Diego fire disaster relief organizations in an effort to support San Diego's continued fire recovery efforts.

Last October, Santa Ana winds spread fires across more than 500,000 acres of Southern California. A half-million people from communities in San Diego County were evacuated and the fires left many people without homes. Fire victims relied on the help of friends, neighbors and fire disaster relief organizations for support and places to live.

The disaster relief organizations in San Diego County worked tirelessly to meet the needs of displaced families. Northrop Grumman has recognized their efforts and reached out to several organizations with grants.

  * The San Diego Fireman's Relief Association cares for fire fighters 
   and their families in times of need. Three San Diego fire fighters 
   lost their homes and several were injured while battling the 
   October fires. 

 * The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation "After the Fires" Fund 
   assists local recovery centers in providing property owners access 
   to information and resources. They plan to use their grant to 
   restore public amenities in parks and nature preserves, including 
   hiking trails, interpretive signage, visitor centers, and other 
   structures lost in the fires. 

 * The Salvation Army - Sierra Del Mar Division assists uninsured and 
   underinsured homeowners to return to their property impacted by 
   fire. They plan to use their grant to assist families in restoring 
   utilities and water on property.

 * The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy consists of the San 
   Dieguito River Park which is a regional greenway that spans from 
   Julian to the Pacific Ocean. October's fires burned over 60% of the 
   River Park's 80,000 acre area and most areas are now closed until 
   repairs are completed. The Conservancy plans to use their grant to 
   replace a foot bridge that will re-connect the interpretive trails 
   adjacent to the Rancho Bernardo Community Park

"It is an honor to be able to help fund organizations that restore, preserve and protect the community for future generations," said George Guerra, deputy for Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector's Unmanned Systems Development Center. Guerra presented the grant checks to the organizations on April 24, 2008 during a Northrop Grumman fundraising festival that will benefit San Diego's local USO (United Service Organization).

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.

  CONTACT:  Rene Freeland
          Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems
          (858) 618-7606