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An artist's rendering shows Opportunity exploring the surface of Mars. The rover parachuted to the planet's southern hemisphere Jan. 24, 2004, and is still producing well past its expected life span. The snazzier Curiousity landed elsewhere on the planet five months ago. (NASA via Associated Press)

An artist's rendering shows Opportunity exploring the surface of Mars. The rover parachuted to the planet's southern hemisphere Jan. 24, 2004, and is still producing well past its expected life span. The snazzier Curiousity landed elsewhere on the planet five months ago. (NASA via 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.