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D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray carries throws for people in the crowd as he begins his walk in the 46th Annual Palisades Parade and Picnic in Washington on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray carries throws for people in the crowd as he begins his walk in the 46th Annual Palisades Parade and Picnic in Washington on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./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.