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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta prepares to depart from Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington on Monday, March 12, 2012, on a trip to Central Asia. (AP Photo/Scott Olson, Pool)
Photo by: Scott Olson
Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta prepares to depart from Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington on Monday, March 12, 2012, on a trip to Central Asia. (AP Photo/Scott Olson, Pool)

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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.