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Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger, left, tangles with Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas on a rebound during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger, left, tangles with Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas on a rebound during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. (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.