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HMCS Toronto, right, is shown with the Canadian Coast Guard ship Pierre Raidisson during a military exercise in the Arctic in August, 2009.MURRAY BREWSTER/The Canadian Press

A crew member of a Canadian warship has been found dead while on shore leave in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean.

The military has identified him as Lieutenant Andrew F. Webster, based out of Halifax.

Webster was serving on board HMCS Toronto, which has been part of counterterrorism and anti-piracy operations in the Arabian Sea for most of this year.

The Department of National Defence says Webster was found dead in his hotel room on Thursday afternoon.

The military says local police are handling the investigation but say the death is non-combat related and foul play is not suspected.

Defence Minister Rob Nicholson is offering his condolences to Webster's family.

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