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**FILE** Chickens peck at flowers, recycle plant waste and provide manure for the gardens inside a fenced-in enclosure at the Illinois governor's mansion Friday, May 9, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

**FILE** Chickens peck at flowers, recycle plant waste and provide manure for the gardens inside a fenced-in enclosure at the Illinois governor's mansion Friday, May 9, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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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.