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Rolando Mendoza, a dismissed police officer, talks to negotiators during a standoff where he held hostages in a tour bus. Mendoza was later killed after he wounded a police sharpshooter. (Associated Press)

Rolando Mendoza, a dismissed police officer, talks to negotiators during a standoff where he held hostages in a tour bus. Mendoza was later killed after he wounded a police sharpshooter. (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.