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The Chinese aircraft carrier Varyag undergoes its second round of sea trials in the Yellow Sea. Michele Flournoy, the Pentagon's undersecretary of defense for policy, says it has been "anticipated for a while." (Digital Globe)

The Chinese aircraft carrier Varyag undergoes its second round of sea trials in the Yellow Sea. Michele Flournoy, the Pentagon's undersecretary of defense for policy, says it has been "anticipated for a while." (Digital Globe)

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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.