Britney Spears has another claim to fame: scaring off Somali pirates.According to British news source Metro, Spears' music is being blasted on Royal naval vessels to deter kidnapping attacks, one Navy officer reported. Her hits "Oops! I did it Again" and "Baby One More Time" are said to be the most effective when Somali pirates get close. "Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most," Second Officer Rachel Owens said.
The ship's speakers are even capable of being aimed in a particular direction, making sure that the pop princess' songs hit the pirates where it hurts. "As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can," Owens said.He added pirates will go to any length to avoid the music.
The newspaper reports that in 2011 alone, there were over 150 attacks on ships by gangs of pirates off the Horn of Africa.They pose such a threat that the Royal Navy enlisted 1,500 sailors on 14 warships to operate round-the-clock patrols in the area.
*Metro contributed to this report.
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