Whose music did British naval officers use to scare off Somali Pirates in 2013?
Britney Spears emerged as an unlikely figurehead in the fight against Somali pirates. Her hits, including "Oops! I Did It Again" and "Baby One More Time", were employed by British naval officers in an attempt to scare off pirates along the east coast of Africa. Perhaps nothing else – not guns, not harpoons – was quite as intimidating as the sound of Ms Spears singing "Ooh baby baby!"
Merchant naval officer Rachel Owens explained the tactics: "Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most. These guys can't stand Western culture or music, making Britney's hits perfect. As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can."