SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 9, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has appointed David T. Perry vice president of its Marine Systems Division, a business unit of the company's Electronic Systems sector.

Perry succeeds James R. Hupton, who has retired from the company after 36 years of distinguished service.

Perry will have executive responsibility for all Marine Systems programs and will provide leadership for the propulsion, power generation, nuclear instrumentation and controls, and launcher businesses at Marine Systems' locations in Sunnyvale, Calif.; Sykesville, Md., Kings Bay, Ga., and Bangor, Wash.

Perry joined the company in 1999 and has held positions in program management, business development and strategic planning. Since 2003, he has served as the strategic business unit director for the company's machinery controls and automation business in Charlottesville, Va. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Perry served with distinction in the U.S. Navy as an officer on nuclear submarines.

Perry earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Duke University and a master's degree in engineering administration from George Washington University. While serving in the U.S. Navy, he completed naval nuclear propulsion training and numerous submarine officer courses. He has also completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education program.

The Marine Systems Division is a business unit of the company's Electronic Systems sector, a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of defense and commercial electronics and systems including airborne radar; navigation systems; electronic countermeasures; precision weapons; airspace management systems; communications systems; space sensors; marine and naval systems; government systems; and logistics services.