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Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins talks to reporters before the Nets faced the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins talks to reporters before the Nets faced the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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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.