UK commercial super tankers are blasting Britney Spears' songs to ward off approaching Somali Pirates off the east coast of Africa.
“Her songs have been chosen by the security team accompanying our tankers because they thought the pirates would hate them most," Rachel Owens, a merchant navy officer, told Metro.co.uk. "These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect"
Fortunately, the crew is not subjected to tunes such as "Hit Me Baby One More Time" and "Oops I Did it Again."
“The speakers can be aimed solely at the pirates so as not to disturb the crew. They’re so effective the ship’s security rarely needs to resort to firing guns," added Owens. "As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney they move on as quickly as they can.”
In 2011, there were 176 attacks on ships by pirates off the African coast, but only 25 were successful, reports The Mirror.
In addition to using Britney's songs, the British Royal Navy has 14 warships patrolling the area.
“I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention,” said Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry. “Pirates will go to any lengths to avoid or try to overcome the music, even using earplugs.”
A spokesman for the British Association of Private Security Companies confirmed this tactic: “Playing loud pop songs has been proven as one of the most effective ways of fending off attackers. As a tool against pirates, it is pretty effective. It’s all part of the development of sophisticated technology to make high value cargo secure from attack."
Sources: Metro.co.uk and The Mirror