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** FILE ** In this April 11, 2014, file photo, Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst speaks during the Iowa Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day dinner in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

** FILE ** In this April 11, 2014, file photo, Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst speaks during the Iowa Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day dinner in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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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.