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“Blue Ridge Chandelier” hangs outside the galleries in the 2010 McGlothlin Wing, where glass artist Dale Chihuly's pieces are installed in dramatically lit lower-level spaces. (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts)

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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.