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A color guard of the Tennessee Highway Patrol practices in the Senate chamber before the start of the legislative session in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

A color guard of the Tennessee Highway Patrol practices in the Senate chamber before the start of the legislative session in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

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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.