Britney Spears has been unwittingly turned into a crime fighter — with the platinum-blonde pop star's hit records being blasted at high volume on the open seas to drive away Somali pirates.
Naval officers off the east coast of Africa report that Spears' hits, such as "Oops! I Did It Again" and "Baby One More Time," scare off heavily-armed pirates who prey on supertankers and cargo vessels in the area.
"Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most," merchant navy officer Rachel Owens told Metro
"These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect.
"It’s 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."
Pirates have been a growing threat in the region, often kidnapping crews and demanding millions of dollars in ransom money.
Spears' music is played through huge speakers carefully pointed towards the open sea so that crew members won't be too disturbed by the racket.
"Pirates will go to any lengths to avoid or try to overcome the music," Steven Jones of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry told Metro.
Why Spears and not some other pop star like, say, Justin Bieber? "I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention," he quipped.
Authorities will soon have a fresh supply of music from Spears.
She's preparing to release her eighth album, "Britney Jean," in December. It's her first since "Femme Fatale" in 2011.
As crazy as it may seem, music has been used over the years to drive away trouble.
United States Marines once blasted songs by hard rockers Metallica and Thin Lizzy through speakers in trouble spots in Afghanistan to torture the Taliban.
And in Portland, Ore. police piped classical music into the city's train depots to effectively drive out loitering youths.
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