So lets say we have 2 ships: Ship 1 and Ship 2. Ship 1 is the highest pilot level and the upgrade "Squad leader" which gives another ship a free action.
Ship 2 does a K-Turn and receives a stress token. Can ship 1 give ship 2 a free action? I recall the rules saying something to the effect of if a card says something, it overwrites the rules. But also something like if a ship doesn't get any actions, it also can't have a free action.
So can a ship with a stress token take a free action with Squad Leader?
The rulebook on page 17 is quite clear on this (emphasis mine):
"While a ship has at least one stress token, it cannot execute red maneuvers or perform any actions (even free actions)."
Nothing in the text of Squad Leader overrules this restriction. Off the top of my head, the only thing that bypasses this restriction is the pilot ability of Tycho Celchu.