LOS ANGELES, April 12, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has appointed George M. Simmerman, Jr. as vice president, assistant general counsel and sector counsel, effective immediately. He will report to W. Burks Terry, corporate vice president and general counsel. In this role, Simmerman will be responsible for all legal advice to the Ship Systems sector.

Simmerman joined the company in 1991 as division counsel at Ingalls Shipbuilding, now a part of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems sector. He has held positions of increasing responsibility at the sector, most recently for delivery of all legal services to its operations in Pascagoula, MS. He has served as president, vice president and treasurer of the Jackson County Bar Association, as a director of the Mississippi Bar's Young Lawyer Section and as the Mississippi Chair of the ABA Section on Public Contract Law.

Simmerman earned a B.S. degree in political science from Spring Hill College and a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He has completed executive education programs in finance, general management and leadership, and marketing strategy at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland. He is a native of Pascagoula, MS.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With approximately 125,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

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          Northrop Grumman Corporation 
          (310) 201-3458
          thomas.henson@ngc.com