Northrop Grumman Completes Project For Venezuelan Navy

Work on a Venezuelan naval ship is complete and the ship is ready to get back to sea.

Northrop Grumman shipyard redelivered the Mariscal Sucre to the Venezuelan Navy at a special ceremony on Thursday.

The 20-year-old ship arrived in Pascagoula in January of 1998 in need of an upgrade and modernization. The project was a unique one for the shipyard since most of its ships are built and reconstructed for the U.S. Navy.

Shipyard officials say the project has helped put them back on the map.

"If we did a good job with these and they go back and are good advertising for us, then conceivably we might get some more in the near future," Northrop Grumman President Phil Dur said.

Another Venezuelan ship, Almirante Brion, is also being renovated at the shipyard. That project is expected to be complete later this summer.