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Derek Meitzer, aka D’Meitz (left), freestyles with friends before a rap battle competition at Studio Braat in D.C. By day, the rap artist is Lance Cpl. Meitzer, currently stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. (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.