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Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, commander of the U.S. 7th fleet in the Pacific, said China's "carrier killer" missile is not an "Achilles' heel of our aircraft carriers or our Navy." (Associated Press)

Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, commander of the U.S. 7th fleet in the Pacific, said China's "carrier killer" missile is not an "Achilles' heel of our aircraft carriers or our Navy." (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.