You wanna scare off Somali pirates? You betta play “Work *****!”
Pirates along the coast of east Africa will stop at nothing to loot vessels and murder anyone who obstructs them, that is until Britney Spears music plays, reports the Daily Star.
Merchant navy officer, Rachel Owens, stationed on huge super tankers off the east coast of Africa, says: “Britney Spears is the best way of keeping them away.”
They frequently blast “Baby One More Time” and “Oops!… I Did It Again.”
“Her songs have been chosen by the security team accompanying our tankers because they thought the pirates would hate them most.”
The pirates are such a threat that the Royal Navy has 1,500 sailors on 14 warships operating round-the-clock patrols in the area.
Second Officer Rachel, 34, of Gartmore, near Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire in Scotland, regularly guides huge tankers through the waters.
“There are a lot of lives and cargo at stake so security is of prime importance,” she says. “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.”
Her music is currently used as a second line of defense and is broadcast when initial calls from armed security guards on board fail to deter the pirates.
“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.
Get dat promo, Brit!