Oliver Hazard Perry to stay in R.I. with new operating model, CEO

NEWPORT – The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will remain in Rhode Island for year-round programming, the nonprofit Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island announced Feb. 18.

The organization has appointed a new CEO, changed its operating model and committed to partnerships in the state to support the financial stability and accessibility of the tall ship.

In September, the nonprofit’s board of directors announced the ship’s operation and future plans were paused due to the organization’s uncertain financial future.

The nonprofit said it had since fired all staff and crew and wintered the ship at Goodison’s Shipyard at the Quonset Business Park.

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Capt. Jonathan Kabak has been named the organization’s new CEO. He was previously the director of marine operations for the nonprofit USMMA Sailing Foundation and serves as an adjunct curriculum director and instructor at the U.S. Maritime Resource Center in Middletown.

As part of the organization’s new strategy, it will pivot away from long offshore voyages and focus on a mix of multiday, single-day and dockside ­programs.