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Center Nicklas Backstrom is tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 42 points despite missing half of the Capitals' 76 games. He was on track for an All-Star season when he suffered a concussion Jan. 3. (Associated Press)

Center Nicklas Backstrom is tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 42 points despite missing half of the Capitals' 76 games. He was on track for an All-Star season when he suffered a concussion Jan. 3. (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.