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Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard, right, looks back to shoot as Milwaukee Bucks' Larry Sanders (8) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard, right, looks back to shoot as Milwaukee Bucks' Larry Sanders (8) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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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.