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 Lt. 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 in the Seychelles capital of Victoria.

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.

"The loss of any member of the Canadian Armed Forces is tragic and affects each and every one of us on the defence team," Nicholson said in a statement.