Photo Release -- New Orleans Meet New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 23, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- The amphibious transport dock ship New Orleans (LPD 18) sailed away from Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) New Orleans facility early Monday morning for her builder's sea trial. The 684-foot ship sailed down the Mississippi River past the New Orleans skyline en route to the Gulf of Mexico where she will undergo testing of all the ship's systems while at sea. Following sea trial, shipbuilders will continue to work final details in preparation for the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey's acceptance sea trial scheduled later this year. The ship is scheduled to be delivered in early 2007.

A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://media.primezone.com/noc/

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 more than 120,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

CONTACT:  Bill Glenn
          Northrop Grumman Ship Systems 
          (228) 935-1323
          bill.glenn@ngc.com

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