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American Alan Gross, sentenced as a spy in Havana, Cuba, is on a hunger strike in prison and has said he wants to die. (AP Photo/James L. Berenthal, File)

American Alan Gross, sentenced as a spy in Havana, Cuba, is on a hunger strike in prison and has said he wants to die. (AP Photo/James L. Berenthal, File)

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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.