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Joe Vellano overcame an injury-filled start to his career at Maryland to earn second-team All-ACC honors in 2010 and first-team accolades in 2011. The Terrapins kick off their season Saturday. (Hans Pennink/Special to The Washington Times)

Joe Vellano overcame an injury-filled start to his career at Maryland to earn second-team All-ACC honors in 2010 and first-team accolades in 2011. The Terrapins kick off their season Saturday. (Hans Pennink/Special to 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.