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July 12, 2002

Northrop Grumman delivers Sealift ship

USNS Brittin (T-AKR 305), the sixth of seven Bob Hope-class strategic sealift ships being built by Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector, was delivered to the U.S. Navy yesterday at the company's Avondale Operations in New Orleans.

Delivery followed integrated sea trials that combined the formerly separate builder's and Navy trials. Brittin, and the 150-member Ship Systems integrated trials team, scored the highest grade ever for a strategic sealift ship, and also recorded a rating of "excellent" by Navy inspectors. For the first time, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' New Orleans and Pascagoula, Miss., facilities were utilized for a sea trial.

"The Navy is happy with this ship," commented Capt. Paul Strifler, USN, the Navy's Inspection and Survey Board's senior inspector. "This ship operated well, its equipment performed very, very well, and it's all because of the excellent outfitting that these shipbuilders were able to achieve. Having seen the tremendous improvement over the last three ships, I know this shipyard has the potential to achieve an Outstanding rating on its final ship of the series, USNS Benavidez."

The ship will remain at Avondale for several weeks of crew training before departing for its homeport in Norfolk, Va.

The 950-foot-long, large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off "Bob Hope" class ships are among the largest in the Navy. The ship is designed and constructed with more than 380,000 square feet of cargo capacity and is capable of carrying up to 1,000 military wheeled or tracked vehicles and other cargo.

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