The Lieutenant Commander shot dead on a a nuclear submarine grew up in Chorley.
Father-of-four Ian Molyneux was killed after being shot on Friday on board HMS Astute as it was docked in Southampton.
A fellow sailor has now been charged with murdering the 36-year-old and three counts of attempted murder.
Able Seaman Ryan Donovan, 22, of Hillside Road, Dartford, Kent, appeared at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
He is accused of firing a SA80 rifle six times, aimed at four people, during an open event at Southampton Dock.
Lt Cdr Molyneux grew up in Sagar Street, Eccleston, and went to Eccleston St Mary’s Primary School.
He moved to Wigan after joining the Navy but several members of his family remain in the close-knit village.
His devastated wife Gill described him as being ‘utterly devoted’ to his family.
People who knew him in Eccleston have also spoken privately of their grief.
One friend, who asked not to be named, said: “He was a smashing lad. Everyone is devastated, nobody can believe it.”
For the full story, see this week’s Chorley Guardian.