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District Judge Virginia A. Phillips, here in 2002, is at the center of the debate on gays in the military with her ruling to end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. (Associated Press)

District Judge Virginia A. Phillips, here in 2002, is at the center of the debate on gays in the military with her ruling to end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. (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.