Aside from being irresistably perfect for sing-alongs and dance parties, British navy officers have discovered a new use for Spears' chart-topping hits: as wards against Somali pirates, according to The Daily Mail.
You heard that right. Spears' famous Baby One More Time and Oops! I Did It Again have been tried and proven effective against kidnapping attempts by the 'western culture-hating' pirates, reports The Straits Times Communities.
"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," says Second Officer Owens, who works on supertankers off the east coast of Africa.
There have been a number of attacks from pirates in the area, who board the ships and demand hefty ransom sums. This has the Royal Navy deploying 1,500 sailors and 14 warships patrolling the area.
Ms Owens say that pointing the speakers to the pirates have discouraged them from coming onboard and that they rarely need to fire the guns anymore.
"As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can." In that case, good news for the navy: Spears is dropping a new album soon.