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Britney Spears' music used to deter Somali pirates


Shipping crews are using Britney Spears' music to scare away pirates off the coast of Africa. Security teams accompanying supertankers in the region blast out tracks including "...Baby One More Time" and "Oops! I Did It Again" from huge on-deck speakers when they see Somali raiders approaching.

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The tactic is used when suspected pirates ignore initial instructions to move away from cargo ships. British Merchant Navy officer Rachel Owens, who guides ships through the dangerous seas, tells Metro, "As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney they move on as quickly as they can. Her songs were chosen by security accompanying tankers because they thought the pirates would hate them most."

"These guys can't stand western culture or music, making Britney's hits perfect," Owens explained. "It's so effective the ship's security rarely needs to resort to firing guns."

Nov 4, 2013 6:40AM
Britney Spears' music used to deter Somali pirates

"nuff said!
Nov 2, 2013 12:37PM
Works for me every time someone comes onto my property . Just play Britney's music , and they're gone .  The U.S. Army played load music when Noriega was held up in his compound in Panama , I think it was rock 'n roll . He soon gave up , couldn't take anymore of it .
Oct 30, 2013 7:37AM
Finally her music has some value to humanity
Oct 30, 2013 6:25AM
Oct 30, 2013 3:58AM
Wow this is clever using music that they do hate. Who knew this would work
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