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Marine Staff Sgt. David Denseley (center) from Salt Lake City helps members of the Afghan National Army clean out the bore of a 60 mm mortar at a mortar range in Helmand province. (U.S. Marine Corps)

Marine Staff Sgt. David Denseley (center) from Salt Lake City helps members of the Afghan National Army clean out the bore of a 60 mm mortar at a mortar range in Helmand province. (U.S. Marine Corps)

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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.