If a cruise ship ever needs to fight off pirates, just point the speakers out to sea and blare some Britney Spears.
The 31-year-old singer’s music isn’t just good at making some male teenagers cringe; it’s also a great pirate deterrent.
According to US merchant navy officer, Rachel Owens, the singer’s music has been used as a secret weapon to fight off Somali pirates for some time.
Somali Pirates have a habit of boarding ships and kidnapping crew for ransoms.
Second Officer Owens told the Metro UK, Spears’ songs ‘Baby One More Time’ and ‘Oops! I Did It Again’ are loathed by the ocean bandits, so much so that they would rather sail away from the music than attack the navy ships.
She said the ship’s speakers are aimed solely at the pirates and do not disturb crew.
“Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most,” Second Officer Owens explained.
“These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect.
“It’s so effective the ship’s security rarely need to resort to firing guns.
According to the International Maritime Bureau, the number of Somali pirate attacks during the first half of 2013 fell to eight.