updated 9/27/2010 1:16:22 PM ET 2010-09-27T17:16:22

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Sept. 27, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) recognized 75 shipbuilders from Newport News for their significant accomplishments supporting quality and continuous improvement, at an annual Model of Excellence (MOE) awards luncheon held on Sept. 9.

The MOE awards celebrate the contributions of shipbuilders who make a difference in shipbuilding performance or innovation through a relentless focus on quality and continuous improvement.

View the names and photos of all MOE winners: http://www.sb.northropgrumman.com/media/advertising/assets/moe10_ad.pdf .

The MOE selection board reviewed 54 team project nominations submitted by more than 400 shipbuilders. The winners are chosen for exceptional work in four categories: Customer Satisfaction, Leadership, Operational Excellence and Innovation and Technology.

"You are all truly inspiring and you are what makes Newport News home to the best ships and best shipbuilders in the world," said Ken Mahler, vice president of Navy Programs for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News. Mahler recognized the winners for their work ethic and dedication. "Achieving excellence isn't something that happens overnight," he said. "It's a continual balance of persistence, patience and consistently good performance."

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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