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Soldiers in the South Sudan army move toward frontline positions in Unity State. Tensions between Sudan and South Sudan erupted in late April into armed conflict along their poorly defined border. (Associated Press)

Soldiers in the South Sudan army move toward frontline positions in Unity State. Tensions between Sudan and South Sudan erupted in late April into armed conflict along their poorly defined border. (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.