“A PC standing on board a ship that they are not assigned to knows the name of the ship and the room they are in. But you want a NPC to be able to broadcast his location to you on demand and have more information available to him than an equivalent PC? ”
Actually, l'll go you one farther (Further? Farther? Ahh...):
Let's say your NPC gets promoted from gathering a ton of experience, due to being able to walk a patrol grid for seven months and not ever have to stop for rain or shine, bathroom breaks or birthdays, and that NPC then gets to command a Mon Calamari cruiser, and is on the bridge
of said cruiser, and orders everyone else off of the bridge, so that he and he alone could use the comm frequencies, and has a special tracking and transmission device linked to a plug in your own ear
Still, I say, it's an NPC., and as a non-player character, it should by definition be prohibited from certain character actions.
I would say, maybe, maybe,
your NPC could be allowed to click a preset message from that very Mon Calamari ship, once every day or week. Maybe choose from a standard set of messages, like:
1) Arrived at destination.
2) Proceeding with orders.
3) Under attack.
3) Drifting in a vacuum.
And I know you'll give me grief for that last one: "How would they be able to communicate if they're drifting in space?"
Devil's always in the details.
Edit: In retrospect, however...
I could see someone ask, "If I can command a group of NPCs to build a complex system of facilities, and after a few days, there's a message in my in-box that says, 'Billy Bob's Bangin' Biltmore Hostel and Pay-As-You-Go Weekly Storage' on planet ExWyGee just finished construction," then how is it different than having a single NPC sending me a single communication that reads, 'Hey, I just arrived at ExWyGee planet, now looking to book a suite of rooms at 'Billy Bob's Bangin' Biltmore Hostel and Pay-As-You-Go Weekly Storage,' although I'm not sure we need any storage'?