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Iowa State guard DeAndre Kane, right, runs down a loose ball ahead of Kansas forward Tarik Black during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa State guard DeAndre Kane, right, runs down a loose ball ahead of Kansas forward Tarik Black during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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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.