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Media Advisory -- Northrop Grumman Update for Gulf Coast Employees

MEDIA ADVISORY, Sept. 21, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) --

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Northrop Grumman and its employees greatly appreciate your continued assistance in sharing these updates. 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.

Northrop Grumman Update for Gulf Coast Employees

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

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems has resumed shipbuilding production on a limited basis at all its facilities: Gulfport, Pascagoula, and New Orleans operations, and the Tallulah facility. All Northrop Grumman Ship Systems personnel should report to work.

NEW ORLEANS OPERATIONS BUS SCHEDULE FOR EMPLOYEES

All employees who can do so are encouraged to report to work at 6 a.m. for a 4-by-10 shift, Monday through Thursday. Bus Transportation is provided from the following locations:



  --  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.
  --  Baton Rouge -- Target, 6885 Siegen Lane. The bus departs at 4:15 
      a.m.
  --  Slidell -- Target, 61121 Airport Road. The bus departs at 4:15 
      a.m.

PASCAGOULA OPERATIONS EMPLOYEES

HR CENTER TO OFFER DISASTER RELIEF ASSISTANCE TO EMPLOYEES, STARTING MONDAY



  --  Effective Monday, September 26, the Northrop Grumman Ship 
      Systems Human Resources Department will expand its HR Service 
      Center to include a "one-stop shop" to aid employees who have 
      not had the opportunity to register with FEMA or the Red Cross 
      for disaster relief assistance. The following new services will 
      be offered in addition to the leave requests, vacation requests, 
      address changes, and miscellaneous services already being 
      offered by the HRSC:
        --  Assistance with FEMA registration (if employees do not 
            already have a claim number)
        --  Assistance with requesting temporary housing (on the 
            employee's property) with FEMA
        --  Registration of employees for the Red Cross relief fund 
        --  Assistance for employees who have not had the opportunity 
            to file for Federal Disaster Relief Unemployment Benefits.
  --  The HR Service Center is located in the CDI Building at 3500 
      Telephone Road (corner of Telephone and Jefferson Street) in 
      Moss Point.  The hours of operation will be expanded to 7 a.m. 
      to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, for two weeks starting 
      Monday, September 26, and ending Saturday, October 8. Employees 
      are requested to check with their supervision for visits during 
      working hours.  Employees may call 228-935-6400 if they are 
      unable to visit the Human Resources Center.

HR DISASTER AID FOR EMPLOYEES WORKING IN PRODUCTION AREAS



  --  A tent in the southeast corner of the West Bank shipyard, near 
      the safety store, now houses a special assistance office for 
      employees working in the yard. The special office will provide 
      the same services listed above. The in-yard service will be 
      provided from Monday, September 26, through Wednesday, September 
      28.  Trades management will provide employees with a scheduled 
      time take advantage of these services.

All employees who can do so are requested to report to work. Technical and support personnel assigned in Pascagoula are operating on different schedules, and in different locations, as follows.



  --  Engineering and ILS departments: 
        --  FSO employees: Report to the EDC at 6 a.m. Work shifts are 
            Thursday through Saturday, 12 hours each day. Employees 
            will need to provide their own meals.
        --  Sunplex employees: Report to Sunplex in Ocean Springs at 6 
            a.m. Work shift at Sunplex is a 4-by-10 schedule Tuesday 
            through Friday. 
        --  Engineering employees in Administration buildings 1, 2 and 
            3: Report to previously assigned work areas at 6 a.m. Work 
            shift is 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 for a 4-by-10 
            schedule, which started Monday and will continue through 
            Thursday.
        --  CG 47 Planning Yard employees: 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: Report to normal work locations. 
        --  East Bank employees: Report to the CDI Building on 
            Telephone Road in Pascagoula. Work shift is 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: Report to the 
            EDC (K-Mart building). Supervisors will contact these 
            employees for work shifts and times.

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.  At the 
      employee's request, the election to suspend 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.    
  --  Beginning with the Sept. 30 paycheck, pay will be made either by 
      direct deposit or by actual check.  The company no longer will 
      utilize the emergency Western Union method.  

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. 

WORKERS COMPENSATION PAYMENTS



  --  Any workers compensation 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.