NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Jan. 12, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has announced that David Lambert, manager of business development at the company's Newport News sector, received the 2005 Volunteer of the Year award from the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce for his distinguished service and leadership.

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The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, a member-based business organization, uses this award to recognize the volunteer who best demonstrates exceptional commitment to the chamber. Lambert was presented the award at the chamber's 22nd annual meeting of the membership in December at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.

"Dave provided an extraordinary service to the chamber, and because of his strong leadership, we chose to recognize him as our Volunteer of the Year," said D. R. Carpenter, III, 2005 chair of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.

Serving as manager of business development, Lambert is responsible for advancing the Newport News sector's strategic growth in submarine and surface ship fleet support. He joined the Newport News sector in 1987 as a submarine test engineer and has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, including senior engineer in the Virginia-class submarine program, manager of corporate strategy and program support manager in the fleet support division.

Lambert earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology, a master's of engineering management from Old Dominion University and a doctorate of philosophy in business administration from Old Dominion University.

A resident of Newport News, Lambert is active in his community and currently serves on the board of directors for several organizations, including the American Red Cross of Southeastern Virginia, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Hampton Roads, the Old Dominion University Alumni Association and the Virginia Opera.

Northrop Grumman Newport News, headquartered in Newport News, Va., is the nation's sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of only two companies capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines. Newport News also provides after-market services for a wide array of naval and commercial vessels. The Newport News sector employs about 19,000 people.