When compared to other available frigates in the game, the SSV Normandy SR-1 lacks a landing pad, meaning that the player can't board it like the regular support / explorer / combat / trade / industrial models.

In game screenshot of the Normandy

The Normandy seems to also lack a captain - when the player debriefs the SR-1 during an expedition, there is no captain hologram (probably because it wouldn't make sense for the SR-1 to have a Gek / Korvax / Vy'keen crew) and the only feedback seems to come from an A.I. voice.

Regular frigates can be damaged during missions. In that case the player is usually contacted on their starship communicator. Afterward, manual maintenance has to be performed, and this requires the player to land on the frigate and do the required repairs.

The fact that the player can't land on the Normandy seems to indicate that the player wouldn't be able to perform any repair operation should it get damaged. The game doesn't mentions this directly at anytime, but does this mean that the SSV Normandy SR-1 has the hidden perk of being unable to get damaged at all?

NOTICE: Erik pointed out in the comments that the "Times damaged" stats reports "1" in the screen. While it is true that the stat does indeed increase any time a frigate is repaired, frigates seem to start with random numbers on that stat (as in, the initial value is also procedurally generated). The Normandy specifically starts with "1", so the screen doesn't seem to indicate it was repaired "in game". More probably, the "one time damaged" stat is a somehow hidden reference to the fact that the original SR1 should be crashed. At least... in Mass Effect.

  • Your screenshot says "times damaged: 1", which suggests an answer (but I don't play the game, so I don't know)
    – Erik
    May 24, 2021 at 8:42
  • @Erik that is oddly enough unrelated to the actual "needs repair" mechanic. Frigates start with random numbers on that stat, and I never noticed that increasing when the ship needs repair. I assume it is a joke on the fact that the original SR-1 crashed in Mass Effect. But you are right, worth mentioning.
    – Ꮢedacted
    May 24, 2021 at 8:43


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