updated 11/12/2010 8:49:51 AM ET 2010-11-12T13:49:51

Northrop Grumman says it's cutting 380 salaried jobs at its Newport News shipbuilding facility.

The company that builds ships for the military says the reduction was necessary to improve efficiency and costs. Northrop Grumman said Friday the cuts are driven, in part, by the completion of major milestones on existing contracts.

The announcement marks the first reduction its Newport News facility has experienced in more than a decade. The facility employs about 20,000 workers overall.

Northrop Grumman said more than 100 of the affected employees have been identified as having prior trades experience and have been offered hourly positions, such as welders and electricians.

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