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The Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., is where speeches will be delivered and Sen. John McCain's nomination formalized, but around it is an inviting metropolitan area to explore. (Associated Press)

The Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., is where speeches will be delivered and Sen. John McCain's nomination formalized, but around it is an inviting metropolitan area to explore. (Associated Press)

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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.