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Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith (6) finds an opening to the basket against Dallas Mavericks' Brandan Wright (34) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith (6) finds an opening to the basket against Dallas Mavericks' Brandan Wright (34) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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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.