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Chief Cathy L. Lanier's contract expired in April, and negotiations on a new be affected by a new law capping executive salaries. Her current $253,000 salary is fourth-highest in the nation. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Chief Cathy L. Lanier's contract expired in April, and negotiations on a new be affected by a new law capping executive salaries. Her current $253,000 salary is fourth-highest in the nation. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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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.