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D.C. native Kevin Durant is one of the many superstars who are scheduled to pay a visit to the Verizon Center during the upcoming NBA season. Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder are slated to face the Wizards here Jan. 18 and March 6. (Associated Press)

D.C. native Kevin Durant is one of the many superstars who are scheduled to pay a visit to the Verizon Center during the upcoming NBA season. Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder are slated to face the Wizards here Jan. 18 and March 6. (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.