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D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh confers Thursday with council member Marion Barry. She plans to hold more hearings on the personnel practices of Mayor Vincent C. Gray's administration. She is chairwoman of the Government Operations Committee. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh confers Thursday with council member Marion Barry. She plans to hold more hearings on the personnel practices of Mayor Vincent C. Gray's administration. She is chairwoman of the Government Operations Committee. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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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.