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Washington Capitals' Brooks Laich, left, and Columbus Blue Jackets' James Wisniewski chase a loose puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Washington Capitals' Brooks Laich, left, and Columbus Blue Jackets' James Wisniewski chase a loose puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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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.