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Mayor Vincent C. Gray, as chairman of the D.C. Council, in December 2008 was involved in initially blocking approval of a contract award to a company to run the D.C. Lottery. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, as chairman of the D.C. Council, in December 2008 was involved in initially blocking approval of a contract award to a company to run the D.C. Lottery. (Pratik Shah/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.