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An onlooker waves a Colonial-era flag as the USS Constitution passes through Boston Harbor on Sunday. The USS Constitution’s sailing commemorated the 200th anniversary of the ship’s victory over the HMS Guerriere in the War of 1812. (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.