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Washington Redskins rookie receiver Leonard Hankerson (left) pulls down a short pass as some members of the Washington Redskins hold an informal practice at a high school in northern Virginia, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Washington Redskins rookie receiver Leonard Hankerson (left) pulls down a short pass as some members of the Washington Redskins hold an informal practice at a high school in northern Virginia, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./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.