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Nashville Predators left wing Eric Nystrom is slammed against the boards by Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Nashville Predators left wing Eric Nystrom is slammed against the boards by Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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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.