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Mayor Vincent C. Gray speaks with Chancellor Kaya Henderson (left) and Director of Athletics Stephanie Evans before the luncheon for the two teams scheduled to compete in Thursday’s championship football game. (Craig Bisacre/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.