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** FILE ** The Iranian navy patrols in the Sea of Oman, which is near the strategic oil shipping routes in the Strait of Hormuz, on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (AP Photo)

** FILE ** The Iranian navy patrols in the Sea of Oman, which is near the strategic oil shipping routes in the Strait of Hormuz, on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (AP Photo)

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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.