An additional warship (equipped with ballistic missiles) was dispatched to the region late Friday, joining the three other Sixth Fleet's ships currently there to prepare a possible long-range missile strike against the Syrian government.
All four ships are capable of launching cruise subsonic missiles BGM-109 Tomahawk to reach land targets. Commanders of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean ordered warships to move closer to Israel, so they would be in better striking range to hit forces in Syria. The maximum range for Tomahawk Cruise Missiles is about 1,500 Km, enough to reach Syrian government targets.
Possible targets include command bunkers and missile sites that could be used to launch chemical-tipped missiles. On Saturday, humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders said approximately 3,600 patients were treated with "neurotoxic symptoms" at three hospitals outside Damascus early Wednesday, following a series of missile strikes.