Britney Spears is being used as a secret weapon to fight Somali pirates.
The singer’s hits are being blasted out by tanker crews to deter kidnap attacks, merchant navy officer Rachel Owens told Metro UK.
Spears’s chart-toppers “Oops! I Did It Again" and "Baby One More Time” have proved to be the most effective at keeping the bandits at bay, she said.
Second Officer Owens, who works on supertankers off the east coast of Africa, said: “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.”
The directional speakers aimed at the pirates are such that Spears' music does not bother the sailors aboard the supertankers.
Spears, 31, is gearing up for a multimillion dollar concert run in Las Vegas, one that will apparently be pirate free.
FOX411's email to Spears' rep was not immediately returned.