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Five US guided missile destroyers in east Mediterranean

The USS Barry is one of the five guided missile destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean. Credit: US Navy

The United States currently has five guided missile destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean Sea - the USS Gravely, the USS Barry, the USS Ramage, the USS Mahan and the USS Stout.

The USS Mahan is one of the five guided missile destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean. Credit: US Navy

The ships can carry a maximum of 90 to 96 Tomahawk cruise missiles, if loaded only with these weapons. The missiles have a range of around 1,000 miles and it is thought they would be the weapon of choice if President Obama ordered a strike on Syria.