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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been put on the defensive at times with her government's links to the National Security Agency eavesdropping scandal in the United States. (Associated Press)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been put on the defensive at times with her government's links to the National Security Agency eavesdropping scandal in the United States. (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.