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National Edition News Cover for October 18, 2013 - Republicans Sens. Mike Lee of Utah (left) and Ted Cruz of Texas walk to the Senate floor to vote on a bill to raise the debt ceiling and open the federal government. (Associated Press)

National Edition News Cover for October 18, 2013 - Republicans Sens. Mike Lee of Utah (left) and Ted Cruz of Texas walk to the Senate floor to vote on a bill to raise the debt ceiling and open the federal government. (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.