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Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, left, of Russia, takes off his mask as the Tampa Lightning celebrate a goal by center Nate Thompson during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Denver.  (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, left, of Russia, takes off his mask as the Tampa Lightning celebrate a goal by center Nate Thompson during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

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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.