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Spectators wave flags as the USS Constitution fires its cannons off Castle Island in Boston on its annual Fourth of July turn around Boston Harbor on Monday, July 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Photo by: Michael Dwyer
Spectators wave flags as the USS Constitution fires its cannons off Castle Island in Boston on its annual Fourth of July turn around Boston Harbor on Monday, July 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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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.