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Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle signals to his players during the first half of Game 2 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle signals to his players during the first half of Game 2 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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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.