According to the TV newsie, the US is massing destroyers off the coast of Syria to do a little 21sth century gunboat dipomacy.
Destroyers? The smallest warship that counts as a ship? Smaller vessels are known as boats, not ships. Either 21st century destroyers are a LOT bigger and meaner than 20th century destroyers, or the proposed strike on Syria is gonna be a lovepat. I mean, we used to do this sort of thing with aircraft carriers, no destroyers need apply.
Actually, destroyers have gotten bigger and costlier over the years. Used to be, a destroyer was only 2000 tons displacement. Lately they have been pushing 5000-6000 tons. Ships that big used to be called cruisers. Now they are destroyers.