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The west coast of Canada and the United States have few warning signs or reminders, like this one in Japan, of the earthquakes and tsunamis that have struck the region with killer force. (Associated Press)

The west coast of Canada and the United States have few warning signs or reminders, like this one in Japan, of the earthquakes and tsunamis that have struck the region with killer force. (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.