When the Australians introduced the 1988 patern web set, they included a small patrol pack that could be attached to the back of the suspenders. This pack was found to be inadequate in service and in 1994 a new day pack was introduced with a 16 litre capacity that attached directly to the H Straps of the 88 pattern set. 30,000 sets of main pack and associated day packs were procurred in 1994 and by 1998 it was decided to order further supplies but make a couple of key changes, the most important being to add a pair of shoulder straps to allow the pack to be worn independently of the webbing.
Today we are looking at one of these 94/98 day packs. It is made of heavy duty 280g per square metre disruptive pattern printed polyester cotton duck:
The rear of the day pack has two shoulder straps to allow it to be worn on the back:
These shoulder straps are removable and attach at the top and bottom and a pair of plastic hooks to allow it to be attached to the webbing set if required:
The grab handle beneath also acts as an ideal spot to write the soldier’s name. The bag unzips all the way round to give access to its 16 litre interior. There is a small pocket on the rear that fits a piece of foam rubber to offer some padding to the wearer:
There are two tabs which secure with Velcro on either side of the bag, although quite what these are intended for I don’t know:
The interior of the bag has a stamped NSN number, a /|\ mark and the date of manufacture:
As well as being worn on its own, the day pack can be worn on top of the much larger field pack, as seen here where it is attached to the very top: