Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

January 02, 2014 19:05 ET

A Canadian Armed Forces Member Dies While Off-Duty in the Seychelles

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 2, 2014) - Department of National Defence

A member of Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto was found dead while off-duty during a scheduled port visit of HMCS Toronto in Victoria, the capital city of the Seychelles, on January 2, 2014. The member was found dead in his hotel room at 12:15 p.m. local Seychelles time. His death was non-combat related.

Quick Facts

  • The next of kin have been contacted.
  • The name of the officer is Lieutenant (Navy) Andrew F. Webster based out of CFB Halifax, Nova-Scotia.
  • The circumstances surrounding the death are unknown at this time although enemy action has been ruled out and foul play is not suspected. The Seychelles authorities are currently investigating the death and are in regular contact with the Canadian Military Police.

  • Operation ARTEMIS is the Canadian Armed Forces' current participation in maritime security and counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian Sea, which demonstrates Canada's solidarity with partners and allies as we continue to work together for peace and security in the maritime environment of the greater Middle East region.


"I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to Lieutenant (Navy) Webster's family, friends and colleagues. The loss of any member of the Canadian Armed Forces is tragic and affects each and every one of us on the Defence Team. As we mourn the loss of Lieutenant (Navy) Webster, the Canadian Armed Forces' family will ensure that support is provided for those left behind during their time of need."

- The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence

"I am deeply saddened by the death of Lieutenant (Navy) Andrew Webster, which occurred while he was deployed overseas, during a port visit in the Seychelles. Our thoughts and prayers are with the member's family, friends and colleagues."

- General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff

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  • Backgrounder - Operation ARTEMIS

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