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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, speaks during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the prime minister's office Friday, May 16, 2014 in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, speaks during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the prime minister's office Friday, May 16, 2014 in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

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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.