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Actors John Travolta (left) and Taylor Kitsch (center) confer with director Oliver Stone during the filming of "Savages."The movie, which opens Friday, also stars Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro. (Universal Pictures)

Actors John Travolta (left) and Taylor Kitsch (center) confer with director Oliver Stone during the filming of "Savages."The movie, which opens Friday, also stars Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro. (Universal Pictures)

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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.