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Mike Shanahan, head coach of the Washington Redskins, takes advantage of a chance to talk with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning after an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis in 2011. (Associated Press)

Mike Shanahan, head coach of the Washington Redskins, takes advantage of a chance to talk with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning after an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis in 2011. (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.