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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (right) is introduced by Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, at a rally in Charleston, S.C., in January. Mr. Portman’s deep resume fills the “heartbeat-away” requirement for a vice presidential prospect. (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.