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NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman assails the safety-related shortcomings of the Washington Metrorail system at a Tuesday hearing on the findings of the board's probe of the deadly June 2009 train collision. (Associated Press)

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman assails the safety-related shortcomings of the Washington Metrorail system at a Tuesday hearing on the findings of the board's probe of the deadly June 2009 train collision. (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.