Pirates used to fear cannonballs. And scurvy. And running out of rum.

They used to. But today?

Today their only fear comes in the form of a five-foot four-inch, 33-year-old blonde chick from Mississippi.

That’s right — Britney Spears. According to the British navy.

This from The Guardian:

Britney’s hits, including Oops! I Did It Again and Baby One More Time, are being 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 – is quite as intimidating as the sound of Ms Spears singing “Ooh baby baby!”

Merchant naval officer Rachel Owens explained the tactics to Metro: “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.”