updated 1/28/2011 11:18:51 AM ET 2011-01-28T16:18:51

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Jan. 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va., will kick off a year-long celebration of its 125th anniversary beginning today.

Dry Dock 1 under construction in 1887 at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va. This image is one of the first photographs taken of the shipyard.

Artist conception of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., June 1904.

Photos accompanying this release are available at http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/mediagallery.html?pkgid=8683

Collis P. Huntington founded the Newport News shipyard on Jan. 28, 1886. His vision was to provide first-class quality in all aspects of the business and to earn a reputation for building the best ships in the world. Since signing the contract in 1890 for the shipyard's first hull, the tugboat Dorothy, Newport News has built more than 800 ships for the Navy and non-defense customers. 

In a message to employees, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News vice president and general manager Matt Mulherin asked current employees to take a moment to remember the shipbuilders of the past. 

"Think about their pioneering spirit that helped grow our shipyard into the highly-respected business it is today – the business Collis P. Huntington envisioned," Mulherin said. "And think about how we can build upon their legacy by continuing to provide first-class quality in all that we do, so that 125 years from now, we will still have the reputation for simply building the best ships in the world."

A video and transcript of Mulherin's remarks are available at http://www.sb.northropgrumman.com/shipbuilders/125years/

Northrop Grumman is the nation's sole industrial designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, is one of only two companies capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines and also provides after-market services for a wide array of naval and commercial vessels. It employs about 20,000 people at its Newport News operations.

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.

CONTACT: Jennifer Dellapenta
         Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
         (757) 380-3558

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