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August 20, 2002

GAO turns down GD protest of DD(X) award
The General Accounting Office has rejected a protest by General Dynamics Corp.'s Bath Iron Works against the U.S. Navy's award of a $2.9 billion contract to the Gold Team,headed by Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, to complete the system design for the Navy's 21st century surface combatant, DD(X).

Northrop Grumman Corporation, leader of the DD(X) Gold Team, and Raytheon said today that they were "delighted" by the decision.

"Now that this issue is behind us, we can move ahead on this transformational ship program, which is so critical to the Navy, the DoD and the nation," said Kent Kresa, Northrop Grumman chairman and chief executive officer. "We were confident in the Navy's selection process, and are grateful that the GAO so expeditiously acted in validating that the Gold Team's proposal provided the best value for the customer. By acting quickly, we hope the Congress will continue to fully fund the DD(X) program in 200

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