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Senator Diane Feinstein during a January 24 Capitol Hill press conference introducing legislation to ban so-called "assault weapons." Actual firearms are displayed behind her.      Associated Press photo

Senator Diane Feinstein during a January 24 Capitol Hill press conference introducing legislation to ban so-called "assault weapons." Actual firearms are displayed behind her. Associated Press photo

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.