Photo Release -- Miss USA Visits Northrop Grumman and Tours Submarine Named After Her Home State of North Carolina

Photo Release -- Miss USA Visits Northrop Grumman and Tours Submarine Named After Her Home State of North Carolina

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., July 15, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- On July 13, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) hosted a visit from Chelsea Cooley, Miss USA, who toured construction of the Virginia-class submarine North Carolina (SSN 777), named after her home state, at the company's Newport News shipyard.

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Cooley is the first woman from North Carolina to be named Miss USA in 54 years. During her visit to the shipyard, she also went aboard the submarine Texas (SSN 775) and met with sailors from the North Carolina's pre-commissioning unit and shipbuilders and submarine veterans from the state of North Carolina.

"It was so amazing having the opportunity to experience something like this," Cooley said. "I had never seen a submarine before, much less been able to take a tour of one. It was also an added bonus to be in such wonderful company of sailors, veterans and North Carolinians."

As Miss USA 2005, Cooley will spend the next year championing the official causes of MISS USA(R), which include breast and ovarian cancer education, research and legislation. She will travel nationwide as an advocate for organizations such as the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Gilda's Club, among others. The Miss Universe Organization, producers of the MISS UNIVERSE(R), MISS USA(R) and MISS TEEN USA(R) Pageants, is a Donald J. Trump and National Broadcasting Company, Inc. partnership.

Northrop Grumman Newport News, headquartered in Newport News, Va., is the nation's sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of only two companies capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines. Newport News also provides after-market services for a wide array of naval and commercial vessels. The Newport News sector employs about 19,000 people.

Jennifer Dellapenta
Northrop Grumman Newport News
(757) 380-3558
Danny Hernandez
Director of Public Affairs
(202) 580-9086