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Women have been permitted to serve on guided-missile submarines such as the USS Ohio since 2009. Now they will be able to serve on smaller submarines used for surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering. (U.S. Navy photograph)

Women have been permitted to serve on guided-missile submarines such as the USS Ohio since 2009. Now they will be able to serve on smaller submarines used for surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering. (U.S. Navy photograph)

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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.