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Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo talks to his team during spring practice at Rip Miller Park at the Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Md., Monday, April 11, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo talks to his team during spring practice at Rip Miller Park at the Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Md., Monday, April 11, 2011. (Drew Angerer/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.