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Media Advisory -- Sept. 13 Northrop Grumman Update for Gulf Coast Employees

MEDIA ADVISORY, Sept. 13, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) --

Note to Editors and News Directors:

Northrop Grumman and its employees greatly appreciate your continued assistance in sharing these updates on your regular broadcasts. The company anticipates issuing these daily notices, with slight changes, through this week. These announcements change slightly each day, so we ask that you carefully review the information before broadcasting it or printing it to ensure your broadcasts or print materials coincide with what we are sharing with you.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Sept. 13 Northrop Grumman Update for Gulf Coast Employees

SPECIAL PAYROLL INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYEES USING DIRECT DEPOSIT



  --  Employees using direct deposit for their pay who have had 
      difficulty accessing their net payroll amount can call (877) 
      744-7642 and authorize the company to make the next payroll 
      payment either by check (if they are able to pick up a check at 
      the Ingalls or Gulfport Shipyards) or by Western Union cash 
      payment, in lieu of direct deposit.  This authorization is not 
      retroactive; it only applies to future payrolls.  All employee 
      requests to switch from direct deposit to check or Western Union 
      cash payment that are received by close of business, Tuesday, 
      Sept. 20 will be made effective on the Friday, Sept. 23 payday.  
      At the employee's request, this election -- to receive a check 
      or cash from Western Union in lieu of direct deposit -- will 
      remain in effect until the employee notifies the company to 
      return to direct deposit.  
  --  At Pascagoula, employees can authorize a check or Western Union 
      payment instead of direct deposit by completing a form.  This 
      form will be made available at the completion of each shift.  
      Employees should submit their completed authorization forms to 
      their supervisors or leave completed forms at any security 
      checkpoint.  Ship Systems Finance (Payroll) personnel will 
      collect these forms.    

RETURN-TO-WORK NOTICE FOR NORTHROP GRUMMAN SHIP SYSTEMS EMPLOYEES

Note: This information applies only to employees of Northrop Grumman; contract workers should not report at this time.



  --  Northrop Grumman Ship Systems returned to production and office 
      work at Pascagoula and New Orleans operations, and continued 
      clean-up and recovery efforts at its other facilities. 

  --  Employees who are able to return to work are requested to report 
      according to the schedule for their respective sites as shown 
      below. Please note that some work locations and shifts for 
      office employees have changed. 

  --  If employees are not able to report to work, they are instructed 
      to contact their supervisors or call the Northrop Grumman Ship 
      Systems employee check-in telephone number: (877) 744-7642. 
      During the re-opening period, employees who are not able to 
      report to work due to personal hardship may request additional 
      leave time.

PASCAGOULA OPERATIONS EMPLOYEES



  --  Production crafts, supervision and all production "support" 
      personnel, including Quality, Production Control, Maintenance, 
      Transportation, Manufacturing Services, Warehousing, Steel Yard, 
      IPS and Storerooms:
        --  All employees, all shifts, who are able to return to work 
            are requested to report to the shipyard at 6 a.m. to work 
            10-hour shifts. Employees should report to the work area 
            to which they were assigned prior to the storm. 
            Supervisors will provide further instructions when 
            employees report to work. Employees should bring badges 
            and personal protection equipment such as hard hats, 
            safety glasses, etc.

  --  Engineering and ILS departments:
        --  EDC employees are asked to report to the EDC (K-Mart 
            building.) at 6 a.m. Work shifts for these employees 
            started Monday and will continue through Wednesday, 12 
            hours each day. Employees will need to provide their own 
            meals.
        --  FSO employees are asked to report to the EDC on Thursday, 
            Sept. 15, at 6 a.m. Work shifts for these employees will 
            be Thursday through Saturday, 12 hours each day. Employees 
            will need to provide their own meals.
        --  Sunplex employees are asked to report to Sunplex in Ocean 
            Springs at 6 a.m. Work shift at Sunplex will be a 4-by-10 
            schedule Tuesday through Friday. 
        --  Engineering employees in Administration buildings 1, 2 
            and 3 are asked to report to their previously assigned 
            work areas at 6 a.m. Work shift will be a 4-by-10 schedule 
            Tuesday through Friday.

  --  Expeditionary warfare programs management, surface combatant 
      programs management, Deepwater program management:
        --  Report to previously assigned work areas. Work shift will 
            be a 4-by-10 schedule, which started Monday and will 
            continue through Thursday.
        --  CG 47 Planning Yard employees are asked to report to the 
            CDI Building on Telephone Road in Moss Point at 7 a.m. 
            until further notice.

  --  Business Management (finance, contracts, estimating and EVMS):
        --  West Bank employees who have not previously reported to 
            work should report tomorrow, at normal work locations. 
            East Bank employees should report to the CDI Building on 
            Telephone Road in Pascagoula. Work shift will be a 4-by-10 
            schedule, Tuesday through Friday.

  --  Planning department employees, including industrial engineering, 
      production planning, scheduling and manpower planning: 
        --  Report to work at normal work times at Pascagoula 
            locations. 

  --  Supply Chain Management -- all office personnel:
        --  Report to work at normal Pascagoula work locations and 
            times.
        --  Sourcing and material cataloging employees will report 
            to the EDC (K-Mart building). Supervisors will contact 
            these employees for work shifts and times.

  --  Human Resources and Administration:
        --  Except as indicated below, all HRA employees should report 
            to the CDI Building located on Telephone Road in Moss 
            Point at 7:30 a.m. 
        --  Environmental, Health and Safety personnel should report 
            at their normal locations at 6 a.m.  
        --  Security plant protection personnel should report as 
            scheduled by their supervisors. 
        --  Industrial security personnel should report to the lobby 
            of Administration Building 2 at 6 a.m. 
        --  Training department personnel who have not already 
            reported to work should report to the training complex 
            at 6 a.m.

GULFPORT OPERATIONS EMPLOYEES

All Northrop Grumman Ship Systems employees working at the Gulfport facility are requested to report to work on Monday, Sept. 19. Employees should report to their regular work areas at 6 a.m. and will work their normal four-day, 10-hour shifts. All management, supervisors and maintenance personnel should continue to report to work for 7 a.m.-to-6 p.m. shifts.

NEW ORLEANS OPERATIONS EMPLOYEES

New Orleans Operations has returned to production. All employees that are able to report to work are asked to do so.

If you have not already checked in at one of the offsite locations and need to obtain reporting information please check in at the Winn Dixie parking lot on Hwy 90 in Boutte, LA between the hours of 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. Sept 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, or 22.

If you are unable to report to work please call 877-744-7642 to check in.

Bus Transportation is being provided from the following locations until further notice:



 Thibodeaux -- Winn Dixie, 375 North Canal Blvd. The bus departs 
 at 4:45 a.m.
 Raceland -- Winn Dixie Shopping Center, 4560 Hwy 1.  The bus 
 departs at 4:45 a.m.
 Slidell -- Slidell Factory Outlet Mall.  The bus departs at 4:15 a.m. 

Bus Transportation begins Monday, Sept. 19 from these two additional locations:



 Gonzales -- Location to be announced later this week
 Hammond -- Harvest World Wide Ministries located at 17197 North I-12 
 Service Road. The bus departs at 4:15 a.m. 

All employees should report to work for a single work shift, from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All employees reporting to work should bring their own food and drinks. The shipyard will provide water and ice. The workweek will be Monday through Thursday 6a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

TALLULAH OPERATIONS EMPLOYEES



  --  The Tallulah facility will not be open for normal production 
      earlier than Monday, Sept. 19; employees are asked to monitor 
      these updates daily.
  --  Maintenance and security shift personnel should continue to 
      report to work if possible. Reporting personnel should be 
      prepared to stay overnight.

NORTHROP GRUMMAN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EMPLOYEES



  --  Northrop Grumman IT sector Gulf Coast employees who have not 
      checked in with their supervisors should do so immediately and 
      call the Employee Contact Line at (877) 744-7642. 
  --  Information Technology employees may also contact the IT 
      sector's HR customer care center at (800) 604-4890 or 
      HRCustomerCareCenter@ngc.com for further instructions.
  --  Northrop Grumman Information Technology has extended full 
      pay for impacted employees for two weeks including Labor Day.

NAVSEA SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

All Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast employees in the Gulf Coast hurricane zone are requested to contact (202) 781-3889 to verify their whereabouts and contact information. They may also provide contact information via e-mail at CommandCenter@navsea.navy.mil. All Supship Gulf Coast employees should go to http://www.supship.navy.mil, then click the "Gulf Coast" link under the "SUPSHIPS" heading on the left for notices and information.

TOLL-FREE EMPLOYEE CONTACT LINE

Northrop Grumman continues to request that every employee from its Gulf Coast facilities contact the company via the new toll-free number, (877) 744-7642, to ensure that all employees are accounted for and their needs are being addressed.

Phone service in some regions impacted by the hurricane is not operating at full capacity and may be experiencing high call volume. Northrop Grumman recommends that employees who have had trouble connecting with the (877) 744-7642 number try to call at a later time. This number is staffed 24 hours a day. The company asks employees who reach the number to remain patient if asked to hold. Telephone agents are dedicated to taking your calls as quickly as they can.

PAYROLL INFORMATION

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems has extended full pay to all employees for two weeks including the Labor Day holiday and the pay periods ending Sept. 2 and Sept. 9. Ship Systems employees who have been called into work for clean-up and recovery operations will also receive payment for time worked.

To assist employees in managing immediate financial needs resulting from hurricane damages, the paycheck or direct deposit issued to each employee last Friday (which normally would only cover the pay period ending Sept. 2) included pay for both weeks, for a total of 80 hours of pay.

ADDITIONAL PAYROLL INFORMATION

For individuals who normally would receive a check at Avondale, the company has made the net pay amount available via Western Union.

Individuals who did not arrive in time to receive their checks at Pascagoula or Gulfport during the check distribution, last Friday (Sept. 9), will be able to access their net pay amount via Western Union.

Employees may continue to experience difficulty accessing direct deposit payroll at credit unions in the affected areas, and some credit unions have taken the unusual step of limiting cash withdrawals.



  --  Employees who use ASI Federal Credit Union and cannot access 
      their direct deposit payroll will be able to receive a $1,000 
      emergency cash advance at any Western Union.  This cash advance 
      will be offset against future payrolls. 
  --  Employees who use all other credit unions in the Gulf Coast 
      region (Navigator, Keesler FCU, etc.) and are unable to access 
      funds should call (877) 744-7642.  An emergency cash advance 
      will be provided to these employees by the next day via Western 
      Union.

TO RECEIVE PAYROLL CASH FROM WESTERN UNION

Employees receiving a Western Union Quick Cash payment may visit any Western Union location, complete a yellow "To Receive Money" form and receive the net-pay amount. Employees must provide the company's name and headquarters location (Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman Corporation) and present proper identification such as a valid driver's license, passport, military ID card with photo, or their employee badge with photo. Employees can find the closest Western Union by calling (800) 225-5227 and selecting option 4.

WORKERS COMPENSATION PAYMENTS



  --  The workers compensation distribution of payments for the period 
      ending Sept. 9, 2005 will be handled in the following manner:  
        --  For employees (or their beneficiaries) outside of the 
            areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina (or those personnel 
            for whom we have previously received a forwarding address) 
            the payment distribution will continue to be handled as a 
            check delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. 
        --  For the balance of employees (or their beneficiaries), 
            particularly those in the areas impacted by Hurricane 
            Katrina, payments are now available through Western Union. 
  --  Any questions regarding whether payment will be made by check or 
      Western Union "Quick Cash" should be referred to the F.A. 
      Richard (FARA) Hotline at (888) 560-2562.

MEDICAL COVERAGE



  --  Special arrangements have been made to ensure no lapses in 
      coverage occur for Northrop Grumman employees during the 
      hurricane recovery period.  The company Benefits Center can 
      assist with health issues, including prescription refills, 
      medical pre-certifications, and guidance for use of physicians 
      and hospitals outside the network areas.  Call (800) 894-4194.  

SAVINGS ACCOUNT LINE



  --  Company representatives can respond to questions regarding 
      savings plan loans or hardship withdrawals.  Call (800) 676-
      7211.

NORTHROP GRUMMAN EMPLOYEE DISASTER RELIEF FUND AVAILABLE



  --  Direct assistance to employees impacted by Hurricane Katrina 
      will be provided through the new Northrop Grumman Employee 
      Disaster Relief Fund. Affected employees should call (888) 642-
      5645 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. PDT to apply.