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President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama depart after joining government employees on the South Lawn of the White House to observe a moment of silence for victims of shooting rampage in Arizona. (Associated Press)

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama depart after joining government employees on the South Lawn of the White House to observe a moment of silence for victims of shooting rampage in Arizona. (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.