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The Associated Press executive editor Kathleen Carroll speaks at the International Government Communication Forum, in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Carroll called on governments around the world to support an independent press, warning Monday that efforts to silence the media through intimidation and violence are “in effect an attack on a nation’s people.” (AP Photo/Al Moutasim Al Maskery)

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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.