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Heath Ledger won an Academy Award as the Joker in the film “The Dark Knight.” The character has been captivating audiences since he was established as the murderous yin to Batman’s yang in 1940. (Warner Bros. via 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.