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Luke Gates (center), 21, gets a hug from his parents, Bill (left) and Sharon Gates, on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, after arriving at Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Photo by: Michael Conroy
Luke Gates (center), 21, gets a hug from his parents, Bill (left) and Sharon Gates, on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, after arriving at Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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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.