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New England's Rob Gronkowski set an NFL record for tight ends with 17 touchdown catches this season, and he finished fifth in the league with 90 receptions. (Associated Press)

New England's Rob Gronkowski set an NFL record for tight ends with 17 touchdown catches this season, and he finished fifth in the league with 90 receptions. (Associated Press)

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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.