Britney Spears hits are being used by the UK's Royal Navy to scare off Somali pirates.
The hit singles"Oops! I Did It Again" and "Baby One More Time" have proved the most effective deterrent on supertankers off the east coast of Africa. "Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most," merchant navy officer Rachel Owens told Metro. "These guys can't stand Western culture or music, making Britney's hits perfect."
The Royal Navy has 1,500 sailors on 14 warships in operation in the area, after there were 176 attacks on ships by pirates in 2011. Owens revealed that speakers playing the music can be specifically aimed at the pirates, so it doesn't disturb the crew and their rest or work. "It's so effective the ship's security rarely needs to resort to firing guns," she said. "As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can."
Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, added: "Pirates will go to any lengths to avoid or try to overcome the music. "I'd imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention."
Ah, Britney the war hero! Just imagine, we could have world peace of people would think of using the "music" of Mariah Carey!