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Ottawa Senators center Zack Smith, left, collides with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer along the boards during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Ottawa, Ontario. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

Ottawa Senators center Zack Smith, left, collides with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer along the boards during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Ottawa, Ontario. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

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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.