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Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Gen. James Cartwright outlines the Defense Department's fiscal year 2010 budget request during a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on April 6, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Gen. James Cartwright outlines the Defense Department's fiscal year 2010 budget request during a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on April 6, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

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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.