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Marine Lance Cpl. Seth Little of Bremen, Ga., takes temporary cover in a cotton field during a patrol in Marjah, southern Afghanistan. The insurgents make their presence known but are hard to find. (Associated Press)

Marine Lance Cpl. Seth Little of Bremen, Ga., takes temporary cover in a cotton field during a patrol in Marjah, southern Afghanistan. The insurgents make their presence known but are hard to find. (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.