British Navy Blasts Britney Spears' Music To Ward Off Somali Pirates
If you're in the mood for some vintage Britney, heading to the waters off the horn of Africa might be a fun place to soak in the pop-singer's classic hits. The British Merchant Navy, which regularly sails the waters that are plagued by gun-toting Somali pirates, has come up with what it says is the best method for deterring the trouble makers: blasting Britney.
Second Officer Rachel from Aberfoyle in Scotland said: “Her songs have been chosen by the security team accompanying our tankers because they thought the pirates would hate them most.
“These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect.”
Rachel added: “There are a lot of lives and cargo at stake so security is of prime importance.
“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 - as soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney they move on as quickly as they can.”
The tactic was then adopted by cruise ships and merchant navy vessels to scare off pirates. “I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention,” joked Steven.
“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 added: “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.
The most effective Britney tunes to ward off pirates? "Baby One More Time" and "Oops! I Did It Again."