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Nathan Bates (left), chef at the New Zealand Embassy, and Roman Shchadrin (below), who cooks for the Embassy of the Russian Federation, will be among the competitors Thursday. (Jason Morenz)

Nathan Bates (left), chef at the New Zealand Embassy, and Roman Shchadrin (below), who cooks for the Embassy of the Russian Federation, will be among the competitors Thursday. (Jason Morenz)

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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.